Banana Nut Bread and Die Again by Tess Gerritsen

November 19th, 2014 Kimberly Feature 35 Comments

19th Nov


To spice things up on Wednesdays between β€œWaiting On” posts and reviews, I am going to share ”Recipe and a Book Recommendation.” Today I am sharing Banana Nut Bread and Die Again by Tess Gerritsen. She is one of my favorite crime, suspense thriller writers and I cannot wait to devour her latest Rizzoli and Isles book. They work as standalone and I hope you will check it out. My review will post in January. Enjoy!

Recipes to delight your palate and books to feed your mind

Today I am sharing a Banana Bread recipe that can be made with or without nuts. It is basic recipe that you can doctor to suit your mood. What I love about the bread is that it is incredible moist and filling. My family loves it and its the perfect way to ensure overripe bananas don’t go to waste.

Banana Nut Bread

Banana Bread
Ingredients for Banana BreadIngredients:
1-1/3cup of mashed very ripe bananas (2 large)
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla
3 eggs
2/3 cup of sugar
2-2/3 cups of Original Bisquick
1/2 cups finely chopped nuts *optional
grease bottom only of 9x5x3 inch pan
Heat oven to 350*

mixing banana breadIn a large mixing bowl with fork mash bananas and combine with all ingredients. Mixture will be lumpy. Pour into loaf pan and bake on center rack for 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center of bread. Loosen sides and cool on wire rack.

preparing for ovenThis recipe can be easily modified by adding in additional fruit, nutmeg, a variety of nuts, adding a glaze..your imagination is the limit. Since this loaf contains eggs, milk and bananas I recommend keeping it in the fridge. I general bake and serve on the same day, and if I am lucky I might get a slice with coffee and peanut butter for breakfast.

Book Recommendation

Banana Nut Bread and Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
Die Again
by Tess Gerritsen
Published by: Random House
Genres: Crime, Suspense thriller
Purchase: Amazon

The latest enthralling case in Tess Gerritsen's New York Times bestselling Rizzoli & Isles series, the blockbuster books behind the smash hit TNT series.Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with a the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard's kill. Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari four years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who - or what - is behind these gruesome deaths.

I feel in love with Tess Gerristen before the hit show Rozolli & Isles became so popular. While the show is enjoyable it cannot hold a candle to the suspenseful, fleshed out series that Gerristen has written. These medical/crime thrillers are perfectly paced with characters I have come to admire. The story lines and character development different, so if you have watched the series, the books will be fresh. This series begins with The Surgeon, but each can be read as a standalone. Die Again is available December 30,2014 and this fan cannot wait!

About Tess Gerritsen

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, “Adrift”, which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson. Tess’s first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), and The Bone Garden (2007). Her books have been translated into 31 languages, and more than 15 million copies have been sold around the world.

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35 Responses to “Banana Nut Bread and Die Again by Tess Gerritsen”

  1. Alreem

    hey in my family we love everything with banana i will try the Banana Nut Bread this weekend .. thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    also thanks for the recommendation i will add the book to my TBR list πŸ™‚ but not sure when i will ever be able to read it with this very looooooooong TBR list πŸ™‚ .. the good thing is that we still have a month before the release day to clean the shelves πŸ˜€

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  2. Jenny

    Ooooo I LOVE banana bread Kim, thanks so much for sharing this recipe! And I haven’t read any of the Rizzoli & Isles books (but I do love the show!), so I’m going to add this to my list:) Glad to know the series can be read out of order.

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  3. Mary

    I LOVE that banana bread recipe — we’ve used it for years and it always brings back memories whenever I make it. When I’m feeling sassy, I add sugar to the top so there’s a sugar crust (not that it needs it but sometimes I need extra sweetness!).

  4. R_Hunt

    I love Tess Gerritsen–I’ve read every one of her books, even the ones before Rizzoli and Iles (except for early romances). I met her at a bookstore in Maine (she lives there and I used to) and she stayed after everyone from the meet & greet book-signing was gone and the chairs taken away to sign my books (The Surgeon, and The Apprentice) and tell me a bit about what I had missed in the book talk earlier. What a wonderful, and humorous–strangely enough– person she is!

    I make a great banana bread, but we get decadent and put chocolate chips in it. The recipe calls for walnuts also, but daughter doesn’t like nuts so I don’t. Thanks for sharing yours and I’ll try it soon!

  5. Felicia the Geeky Blogger

    I am looking so forward to Die Again. I love me some R&I in book form πŸ™‚ I do that whole series on audio though so I will be waiting LOL

  6. Katherine

    I love banana bread! I don’t make it often because I’m the only one in my family who really loves it (they’re weird) and I don’t need to eat a whole loaf on my own. I’ve never seen a recipe for banana bread with bisquick though so I may have to try this out! I really want to read this book series as well! I loved the first 2 seasons of RIzzoli and Isles and would love to see them in book form.

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  7. Erin

    Ahhhhh! I love banana bread! It’s literally one of my favorite foods, and I love trying new recipes for it. I found an espresso banana bread recipe not too long ago that I need to try to bake soon.

  8. Sharon

    It’s been too long since I’ve made banana bread, it’s so delicious and my family loves it too!
    Love these recipe and a book posts! πŸ™‚

  9. Bookworm Brandee

    I have the first Rizzoli & Isles book but haven’t read it yet. I’ve heard so many great things about Gerritsen so I’ll crack that book open eventually. πŸ™‚ Banana bread is hard for me because I live in Colorado – at altitude. But I did finally find a high altitude recipe that works and my family loves it. Thanks for sharing a recipe and a recommendation…I think I’m really going to love this feature of yours. πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh yum. This recipe is a great base recipe.You can add almost anything. Chocolate chips are good too πŸ™‚