One of our local grocery stores has banana's on sale every Thursday, they are only 19 cents a lb., with the fall weather coming on it seemed like a good time to make some comfort food. Banana bread is just so yummy and you can add different things to it to enhance the flavor. I've listed some in this recipe but I only used the nuts and sour cream in this one.
Ingredients (Makes 1 loaf)
1/2 c. Butter, softened (1 stick)
2/3 c. Brown sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
4-5 extremely ripe bananas (the blacker the better)
1 3/4 c. All purpose flour
1/2 t. Salt
1 t. Baking soda
2 t. Baking powder
1 t. Cinnamon
1/2 c. Walnuts or pecans (optional)
1/3 cup raisins (optional)
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/2. C sour cream (optional if freezing)
I did not use the raisins or chocolate chips this time.
Directions: Pre heat oven 350 degree grease and flour 9x5x3 loaf pan
In a large bowl cream brown sugar and 1 stick of butter. Stir in beaten eggs and 1 Tsp. vanilla. (if you use the sour cream add it after vanilla, gently fold it in. Mash the banana's and add them to the mixture. (the riper the banana's the sweeter the bread)
In another bowl mix dry ingredients and add the nuts. (I used pecans) Slowly add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, about 1/2 each time. Gently mix the flour mixture into the bananas until all incorporated. DO NOT OVER MIX (over mixing makes the bread become very dense)
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and let it rest for about 15 minutes before putting into the oven. A VERY IMPORTANT STEP, don't rush it. You will be very happy with the results if you give it the rest time before baking. Then bake in oven for about 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Mine took about 1 hr and 3 minutes. When it comes out of the oven spread some butter on top and let it sit in the pan for about 20 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Try not to cut into the bread until it is cooled. (A little warm is ok) If you cut it while it is still pipping hot you will let all the steam out and the bread will be a bit dry. I know it's a hard task having to wait but you'll be happy you did. After you remove it from the pan dust it with confection sugar and then when cooled ENJOY!
Here it is ready for the oven
And just out of the oven plain
And now with the butter added, doesn't it look yummy??
Now with the sugar
And lastly the piece I ate. :-)
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