Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Banana Bread

I've always believed that the simplest of recipes are the ones that we just keep going back to over and over and over again. How long have you been eating banana bread? (unless of course you just don't like bananas). I know I was raised on it as were my kids.

When I saw the Banana Bread Bakeoff at Not Quite Nigella I couldn't wait to see how many different versions of this staple could come out of the woodwork.

This is the easiest, fastest and tastiest banana bread I've run into. My foodie friend "L" shared it with me and it's become my tried and true, no matter what configuration I make it in.

Recipe for 1 loaf


2 large bananas, very ripe, almost black
1 tsp baking soda
5 tbsp milk (1/3 cup)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder

4 Easy Stages

1. Mash bananas, baking soda and milk and leave to stand
2. Blend butter with sugar, egg and vanilla
3. Stir together flour and baking powder
4. Mix everything together, just enough to blend. Don't overdo it!

Pour mixture into a greased or parchment lined loaf pan and bake at 350 F for 50-60 mins. (check with toothpick at 50 mins)

Wrap in foil and then in plastic wrap. Tastes better next day and great toasted

You can also add chopped pecans if you like (or walnuts)

Note: To make 5 mini foil loaves - double the recipe. You can also spray the pans with cooking or baking spray to save time. StumbleUpon


Kevin said...

Banana bread is one of my favorites!

Grace said...

plain and simple, i love it. i was raised on banana bread too, and it was the good stuff with no frills. ah, memories. :)

nicisme said...

Looks very nice! I am a fan of banana bread but no-one else likes it. :(

Peter M said...

I don't think I can tire of banana bread...slather some butter, pour a cawfee...I'm in!

Rosie said...

Oh this looks a beautiful banana bread and what a great entry!!

Rosie x

Elle said...

That is such a simple recipe, and it looks delicious! I adore banana bread!

Rhyleysgranny said...

I have yet to make banana bread. i do hear great reports about this recipe. It looks lovely. I must try it as I usually have a couple of dead bananas hanging around in my fruit bowl.

That Girl said...

My mom used to make banana bread all the time, but I've never actually done it!

Katie's blog said...

I make Amish Friendship bread and add banana pudding to it sometimes instead of vanilla. I love banana bread. You make me want to make some!!!

Katie said...

Um, I could eat banana bread FOREVER! love it! and this looks great.

Cakelaw said...

Yum - I love banana bread warm from the oven, and this looks like a goodie.

Lisa said...

Just found your blog and I love all the recipes and pictures! Great banana bread recipe.

Bellini Valli said...

Love, love, love banana bread!!!!!!!!!!!

Cate said...

Nigella's banana bread recipe happens to be our go-to one, but yours looks so easy, we might not be able to pass it up.

NĂºria said...

I never had banana bread before, Giz; it's not that common here! But it sounds great to me and easy and also, I frequently have ripe bananas... it's a perfect end for them. Thanks for sharing :D

Alisha said...

I happen to have some overripe bananas on the counter I was going to make into banana bread this afternoon -- while I usually use Nigella's recipe (with butterscotch chips), I may have to give this one a shot instead! (Looks absolutely yummy!)

Ruth Elkin said...

I really have to try making banana bread... I love it but I've never made it. I might just have to squeeze in making some for the round up!

Y said...

Sounds good. I like easy, when it comes to banana bread! :)