Banana Bread

Banana Bread

I have been craving banana bread for a while. Unfortunately I had to wait for over a week for the bananas to properly ripen. This weekend I finally got the chance to make the banana bread. I started with a basic banana bread to showcase the bananas. It turned out really well. It filled my apartment with an amazing aroma when baking in the oven. It was nice and moist and had a great banana flavour. Of course it was best when still warm from the oven. Now I am looking forward to trying some variations. I am thinking of adding nuts or chocolate chips or maybe some sour cream or apple sauce or yogurt. Luckily I now have a stock of ripened bananas in my freezer.

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
2 1/3 cups bananas (overripe, mashed)

Directions:
1. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
2. Cream the butter and brown sugar in another bowl.
3. Stir the eggs and banana into the butter and sugar.
4. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture.
5. Pour the batter into a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
6. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until a tooth pick pushed into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.

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18 comments:

tigerfish said...

You can always wrap up the bananas or keep them in a dark corner to accelerate it's ripening :P ....hahhaha
Woooo yes....aromatic...thereupatic

Peter M said...

I share your love of banana bread, it's easy and it's good for breakfast, a snack or to offer if someone drops by.

Nilmandra said...

Nothing quite like the aroma of baking wafting through the house :) Walnuts make a good addition to banana bread, and/or sultanas/raisins/dried fruit. You can also soak some raisins in rum overnight and add that for a bit of kick!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks great Kevin! All your variations sound great too!

Bellini Valli said...

I have plenty of "dead" bananas in my freezer with banana bread written all over it!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

That would go so well with my tea now, Kevin! It looks wonderful!

Elly said...

mmm, i love banana bread. this looks great! i love it with walnuts or pecans and raisins, too.

Sylvia said...

Wow Kevin , looks so good and delicious. I was wondering how smells well your kitchen in the moment that you bake it

Holler said...

Hi Kevin, that does look extremely good! Slap some butter on it once it's cool, that is what I would do! Don't tell anyone!
If you are thinking of adding choclate, have a look at Jen's Banana bread, I have been drooling over it!

Vicki said...

I never knew you could freeze bananas!

My favorite banana bread has lots of spices - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg.

Laurie Constantino said...

I haven't had banana bread since I was in college. You just brought back some good memories! This looks great.

The Cooking Ninja said...

That looks delicious.

I did my banana cake with dark chocolates and it turned out awesome. It tastes great also with applesauce and nuts (I did those versions too).

Deborah said...

I am a banana bread lover. I was actually craving banana this weekend, and made some banana cookies, so we must have been on the same wave length!

Brilynn said...

I've been trying to make banana bread for a while now but I keep eating the bananas before they're ripe enough!

Ryukei said...

As Brilynn, bananas are eaten too fast... So I tried to prepare a banana bread with normal bananas, and it was pretty good :)
I had to put them in the micro-wave for a couple of minutes to be able to mash them.
Now I've hidden 4 bananas for my next attempt so my father won't eat them!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe. I just baked it a few minutes ago. I only had 1 cup of bananas, but it still came out delicious!

Anonymous said...

Kevin,
Instead of butter can I use applesauce and can I use I cup of whole wheat flour in place of the AP flour.

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Both of those changes would work!

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