Strawberry Banana Bread

with a tender crumb and crunchy crust

I love my new office because it’s located in a great neighborhood in the city. I’m right near Union Square, the Flatiron, and Gramercy. Of course that means that there is good food all over the place, but more importantly, it’s a fantastic walking neighborhood. This is the first place I’ve worked where I didn’t have to request permission to go out to lunch (usually I just ate at my desk and didn’t leave), so I’m loving the opportunity to be able to get outside for even just 20 minutes, especially when it’s nice outside…and even when it’s not. On my first day, my new boss even took the time to come to my desk around lunch and say that I should really leave, that it’s good to get out of the office, etc. I was surprised and couldn’t believe that she was encouraging me to go outside of the office for a break. I’m realizing how important it is to step away from your desk for a bit, now that I actually have the option. At my last company, I once asked my two bosses if I could go out to lunch with my husband for an hour on a slow day. I was told that I could go, but the next day I got called into each office separately to be reprimanded for it. Now, granted, it was a job in finance, and like so many jobs in that industry in New York, lunches were paid for by the company. It was great to be able to order food from anywhere I could possibly want, but I soon came to understand how a big plate of sushi or fancy pizza is not worth being shackled to a cubicle. Some people like it, though, so you know, whatever floats your boat.

Strawberry Banana Bread

It’s interesting to see how different companies operate in that sense. What’s okay, what’s not okay, how people interact with management, how important it is to stay late and be the last one there so that you look like you’re working the hardest…I think that is becoming the norm everywhere. I know from experience and from stories of friends that New Yorkers certainly have grueling work weeks, especially in finance. Now that I work for a website on the operations side of things, my quality of life has improved greatly, even in the two weeks that I’ve been here so far, but that’s not the same for everyone else and it’s sad to see. I know some people love their work and couldn’t imagine being in the office less than 80 hours a week, and if that’s the case, that’s great! I’m really lucky in that I feel like I’ve finally found a company where I feel like I belong. People have a similar sense of humor, and that’s probably due to the youth of the place. As you would imagine, a website has a younger staff that a financial firm would have, and I’m loving it. Ideas move fast and there’s no politics. It’s refreshing.

Strawberry Banana Bread

So, in the spirit of new things, how about a new take on banana bread? I know that the good old strawberry and banana combination is nothing new, but I rarely see the two mixed together in a bread. Believe me, I’ve done every variation of banan bread humanly possible, and when I see those ripening bananas on my counter, I honestly try to think of something different to do with them, but they usually get thrown away because really, how much banana bread can you eat? Well, with the addition of strawberries, I’ll tell you: quite a lot. The bread itself is moist and tender, thanks to the water and sugar content from both the bananas and the strawberries, while the crust is nicely caramelized and just slightly crispy, the way I like my quick breads to be. There’s nothing fancy about this; just put it all together, bake, cool, and slice. I sliced this into individual portions and kept it in the fridge for a week, nibbling on it here and having it for breakfast there. If you make it, I can’t even begin to tell you how good a slice of the stuff is with some creamy peanut butter spread on top. It makes for quite the indulgent Friday morning breakfast, and hey, it’s Friday, so I think you deserve to indulge!

Strawberry Banana BreadThe Flatiron building, our soup dumpling dinner, another dinner that I made at home, and a pistachio colored mixer that I really want!
Strawberry Banana Bread
Your batter.

Strawberry Banana Bread
Put it in a pan and bake it up!

Strawberry Banana Bread
Slice and enjoy.

Strawberry Banana Bread

 

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Strawberry Banana Bread
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
Moist banana bread dotted with fresh strawberries.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 small bananas, mashed
  • 1½ cups strawberries, diced
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together your flour, baking soda, and kosher salt, then set aside.
  2. Beat together your sugar, oil, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla. Beat in your bananas, then gradually add the flour mixture into the wet mixture until just moistened. Fold in your strawberries. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray or grease with butter. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, rotating the pan halfway through. If the top starts to brown too much, simply cover the pan in foil so that it continues to bake without burning. Allow to cool before slicing. This will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

 

21 Responses

  1. I am so glad you have found a work place that suits your personality better. Even though it is is work, it should never suppress your personality or happiness. This is such as lovely loaf, strawberries and bananas always seem to creep up on me a workable combo.

  2. Liking your office is key! And what a fabulous bread! I’m all over this!

  3. Anthony says:

    Your former bosses sound like something out of a satire of office life. I’m glad you found a place you like much better. :)

    Meanwhile, I have to send this recipe to a friend who’s a bread-nut; she’ll love this.

  4. WOW, I cannot wait to make and devour this, it looks invredible!

  5. WOW, I cannot wait to make and devour this, it looks incredible!

  6. maye says:

    would plain vanilla yogurt work as a substitute for greek? and yay for nice bosses!

    • Sydney says:

      Hi Maye – certainly! I may omit the extra vanilla, though…unless you want a big punch of vanilla flavor (which wouldn’t be the worst thing!)

  7. Glad you’re loving the new job! I actually have bananas that need to be used up pronto, so I just might make this this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Jane M says:

    YAY you love your new job! And now you can go out on your lunch break and spend you loot on fun kitchen stuffs – and other things too! The bread look DELISH!

  9. I’m so glad you’re loving your new job!
    It’s nice to hear you talk about working hours. I work in agriculture, and when I worked in California, everyone worked their 8 hours and went home. Then, I moved to the midWest, and if you only work 8 hours, you get in trouble. I’m presuming that because California is so beautiful and there are so many outdoor activities, people value their freetime. Here in the midWest? Meh, not so much. It’s been causing a great deal of stress to me the past year. I miss that Cali laid back attitude!
    I’m glad you’re in a great working environment. Never take it for granted!

  10. Sylvie says:

    Sydney, it’s so great to hear that you not only love your job but they put emphasis on you enjoying your lunch too, perfect with summer coming. And with summer coming it’s strawberry season, love the look of this bread, I’m sure it tastes as lip-smacking as it looks

  11. Tieghan says:

    Strawberry Banana bread!! YUM! I love banana and strawberries so I bet this is SO good! I am so happy you love your new job, that is so awesome!

  12. Sasha says:

    It’s great to hear that you love your new job. And working near Union Square is really the best. You’re a lucky lady :)

    I’m looking for a job now and it is so exhausting and discouraging… the whole cover letter thing and the interviewing thing. It just sucks. But it’s good to hear that at least someone is getting a job in this city!

  13. The last place you worked doesn’t sound like much fun. I have never heard of a workplace that never lets you go out to lunch. This new place sounds great, as does this fun spin on banana bread!

  14. So happy for your new job! And yes, leaving the office at lunch is a must! I try my best to leave when I can because if you eat in the lunchroom, the bosses will come and bug you! It’s the worst.

    Anyway, love this bread. Definitely need a slice of this for breakfast tomorrow!

  15. Lynna says:

    I love baking banana bread and I`ve tried strawberry banana bread once before. I would love to give this recipe a try though! 😀 I hope you`ll get used to your new company’s culture soon and that you like. :)

  16. Jamie says:

    I have been making tons of banana bread lately, can’t wait to try this one out. Have you experimented with using coconut oil instead of canola or vegetable? Do you think that could work here in place?

  17. Shelly says:

    This recipe was delicious! I was out of greek yogurt so I used a light Yoplait strawberry instead – it still worked! Thanks for this delight :)

  18. Gloria says:

    Would this work with regular sugar, strawberry flavored Greek yogurt, and thawed strawberries?

  19. Maria says:

    Well, this was great! I added walnuts. I doubled the recipe, boy you must have made one really big loaf! So I had 2 loaves , 3 mini loaves and a dozen big ol’ fat muffins . I did help to put foil on top of the big loaves the last 20 minutes of so. Thank you, its a keeper!

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