Banana Bread


There are so many banana bread recipes {and it seems like everyone has their own favorite} that I was reluctant to publish this one. But I have people tell me all the time that this is the best banana bread they have ever tasted and then they ask me for the recipe.  I make a loaf every two weeks and take a half loaf each week for snack time in the nursery at our church where I am the nursery leader.  And even the little kids love it.  So it must be good, right?

Recipe notes ~ To make this recipe and have it turn out the way I make it the bananas must be frozen prior to making the banana bread. Believe me, it makes a difference in the flavor and texture of the bread. :: Because I make this bread so often, whenever I buy bananas I buy a few extra with the intention of freezing them.

When a banana is over-ripened and the skin is speckled brown, I peel the banana and place it in a gallon-size zip lock bag.  And I just keep adding bananas to the bag as they over-ripen.  

Then when I’m ready to make bread I remove four bananas {sometimes they are frozen together and I just tap the bag on the counter to break them up} and place them in a bowl to thaw.  Then I pour the bananas and liquid into the batter when I’m mixing it up. :: I often make this with honey and freshly ground wheat flour and it’s very delicious, too.

Banana Bread
Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar {or 1/2 - 1 cup honey}
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 frozen bananas, thawed
  • all of the liquid from the bananas when they thaw
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour {or wheat flour}
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • nuts or chocolate chips, optional
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease the bottom of a 9x5x3 loaf pan.
  3. In a bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the sugar and butter.
  4. Stir in the eggs until blended.
  5. Add the bananas and liquid; beat for about 30 seconds.
  6. Add in the baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and then the flour. Mix just until moistened.
  7. Add nuts and/or chocolate chips, if using.
  8. Pour into the loaf pan.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes, then place a foil tent over the bread and bake for 5-10 minutes longer until the center is cooked and an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.
  10. After removing from the oven, allow to cool {most directions say around 10 minutes} and then remove from pan and place it on a cooling rack. {I always let the bread almost completely cool in the pan because if I don't it breaks apart on the bottom. I think it might just be because of the pans I have.}
  11. Cool before slicing.

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