This basic loaf cake is the best recipe I have for making variations:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup wheat bran (unprocessed)
1/2 cup raw wheat germ
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk or buttermilk
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, mashed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a loaf pan by spraying with nonstick spray or oiling and flouring.
In one mixing bowl whisk the dry ingredients. In another bowl whisk the wet ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, mix well with a wooden spoon, but do not over mix. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes. Test with skewer, making sure it comes out clean.
Instead of bananas, add any of the following: 2 cups shredded carrots and 1 tbsp cinnamon. 2 cups shredded zucchini, 1 tbsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. 1 cup pumpkin puree, 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice. 2 peeled, chopped apples, 1 tbsp cinnamon with 2 tbsp sugar.
This loaf cake is a staple and it comes out great every time. Enjoy!