january 28, 2014 by nama
This is a favorite i have made for years, i thank my sister-in-law Jenn for the recipe.
Kaydra’s boy, Cody, just told me “all you ever need to give me for birthdays or any other holiday is your Banana Bread.” Some of us love it with nuts and some not so nutty. i typically peel and keep my over ripe bananas in a large plastic storage bag in the freezer until it is banana bread day. Often i have so many bananas i will make 5,6 or 7 batches, part with nuts, part plain.
This bread freezes perfectly.
The batter freezes beautifully also and will give you fresh, warm perfect banana bread with little effort if you can get a few bags of batter in the freezer.
This is a heavy, moist ,rich and flavorful bread. We eat it as breakfast, dessert, snack and if no one is watching it may be lunch or dinner also.
Cream together :
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white granulated sugar
2 eggs and
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Lumpy is fine.
1 cup white all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Add to bowl and fold just until blended:
1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
Optional: 1/2 cup chopped nuts (we like walnuts and more like 3/4 cup)
Pour batter into 2 greased 8.5″ x 4.5″ loaf pans. (you may flour the pan if it makes you feel better )
Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
Or bake in muffin tins for about 20 mins.
One of my best tips to delicious baked products is…
Under-bake, Under-bake, Under-bake !!!
Watch the bread closely starting at 45 min bake time. Insert a clean butter knife into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, REMOVE the bread from the oven NOW !!!
If there is any batter on the knife , set the timer for 5 more minutes, recheck with a clean butter knife, repeat this process until your loaf is perfectly done.
The moment you remove your bread from the oven , lay a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the pan to capture moisture. When the pan is cool enough to handle, flip it upside down with plastic wrap and allow it to sit with the pan acting as a cover until completely cool.
This bread is so moist and flavorful you may choose to enjoy it with absolutely nothing added.
Some days i want a smear of fat full butter, and other days i have a hankering for a heavy slathering of peanut butter.
I dare you to try it and tell me your family didn’t like it.