It’s the beginning of berry season! Oh how lovely it is to swap out my bags of frozen berries for fresh berries.
To celebrate berry season, I’ve made my favourite banana bread and stuffed it full of fresh strawberries and blueberries. This Berry Banana Bread is kept moist with my secret ingredient (pssst – sour cream!!), and each mouthful is bursting with berries.
To be fair, it’s not berry season in my backyard yet – for that, we’ve got another month or two to go – and by “backyard” I mean my potted veggie garden on my rooftop deck 😉 . It’s been an unseasonably cool Spring here in the Pacific Northwest, so my strawberry and raspberry plants only have buds so far!
Ribbons of cinnamon! Oh how I love thee, cinnamon!
There’s a lot of cinnamon in this loaf – the more the better, in my opinion! Cinnamony batter is layered with generous sprinkles of cinnamon sugar, creating visible “ribbons” of cinnamon flavour explosions throughout the loaf.
Soo, confession: I ate half of this Whole Wheat Apple Spice Bread loaf before I took the photographs for this blog post. Whoops. I can never resist a warm, moist, spiced loaf that’s calling my name… Forgive me – this loaf is irresistible!
Apple cinnamon is one of my favorite flavor combinations ever (I lovelovelove apple pie) – so Apple Spice Bread was a no brainer for me. It’s quick to throw together, and using all whole wheat flour ups the healthy-factor for breakfast!
Banana bread. Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like banana bread? Seriously. It is the best. Sometimes I let bananas “accidentally” get too brown in our fruit bowl and then I “have” to bake them into banana bread. We are banana bread obsessed in this house.
I love experimenting with different flavours of banana bread, like my latest Bourbon Banana Bread. This time, wanting to eat healthier for the new year, I upped the healthy-factor and baked a 100% whole wheat banana bread.
Bourbon for breakfast?!
Yes, I will, thank you! I promise that bourbon banana bread won’t make you drunk before noon, but the added bourbon imparts a wonderful subtle butterscotch flavour, recreating a classic recipe for the autumn season.