Its been a while, but i’m still baking like the chef I want to be and Mr. Smith-Breedlove is still critiquing. As I was baking this week, I figured I would share my go to Banana Bread recipe. It has become a hit at home, at school (when I was there), and at work for the both of us.
There is nothing like a fresh piece of banana bread to go with your coffee and a yogurt on the work mornings you’re running out of the door full speed ahead. Its also a pretty nice snack with some peanut butter slathered on the top.
Let’s get to it…
YIELD: 1, 10×5 inch loaf pan (smaller pans can be used like 9×5 or 8×4)
PREP TIME: about 5-10 minutes
COOK TIME: about 50 to 60 minutes
TOTAL TIME: about 1 hour to 1 hr 20 min
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) soften/melted butter and cooled, (cut into 1/2-inch cubes before placing into microwave for melting)
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup mashed Slightly over ripe banana (2 medium to large)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 to 1 cup mix in (optional, these choices are unlimited and can change the consistency of the bread, See ideas below)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray /grease loaf pan with cooking spray. My favorite is Pam baking with flour.
- In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter, beat until light and creamed (1-2 minutes, scrapping down sides of bowl as necessary).
- Add the eggs until light and creamy
- In a small bowl add the bananas,( you want these to be mashed.. No trying to cheat here!!) milk and vanilla mix well.
- Add the banana mixture to the your large bowl
- Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and set aside, don’t over mix.
- Add your flour mixture to the banana mixture until dry ingredients are 90% moistened.
- Fold in the add ins with flexible spatula or by hand.
- Pour into prepared pan
- Bake at 350 degrees for 50- 60 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool about 5- 10 minutes, then remove from the pan.
- If there is any left, wrap and store in refrigerator.
Looking for add in ideas? Here are some that are tried and true for us. Chocolate chips, cashews, Craisins, and apple pie seasoning. They all are great additions to this already amazing bread. Or like i do majority of the time, just leave that bread naked and enjoy it as it is.
Good Luck on your Banana Bread.
With more to love,