Banana bread is simply the perfect food for all to come around and eat. It is the epitome of all comfort food. Everyone likes it, you can enjoy a nice cuppa with it, and good conversations are always made around it.
We have been trying for the last few years to perfect our banana bread recipe by using a little of one recipe with and little bit of another. And here is what we came up with!
We always start with as many extra ripe bananas at possible. We love the bread to be extra banana-y and soft. Honestly, sometimes we use up to 6 bananas! Mash them up with some softened butter!
One of the key ingredients to banana bread is brown sugar. We use half white sugar, half brown - but you can go all brown if you want. Then add some vanilla and an egg too!
Next, we add the flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt! Feel free to add any walnuts or chocolate to the mix here! We are huge fan of walnuts and no chocolate. As much as we love chocolate, it can overpowers the banana.
If you want to make your banana bread a little more fancy - we always do - use one of your bananas and make a layer of brown sugar, a bit of melted butter, and cut up bananas to the bottom of your pan before putting the batter in.
Set your kitchen timer to 30 minutes - depending on your pan size it can take shorter or longer! Just poke a fork into it to see if the middle is cooked.
Aren't these handmade recipe cards pretty great!? When the lovely Alexandria was getting married, I made her a recipe box with handmade recipe cards (should we do them as a DIY??)
Here is the recipe!
At least 4 bananas (the more banana, the better!)
⅓ cup of softened butter
½ cup of white sugar
½ cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of baking soda
pinch of salt (to taste!)
1 ½ cups of flour
Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.
Mash the bananas and softened butter to your desired consistency. We like little pieces of banana in the bread, so we usually mash the bananas half way.
Next, add the white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg.
Finally mix in the baking soda, salt, and gradually mix in the flour.
For time, bake in the oven for approx 45 minutes. We usually check the oven at the 30 minute mark to see how long it needs to go. Depending on what kind and size of the pan, it will cook differently.
& Wah LA! You have a beautiful banana bread!