Banana Bread

This basic banana bread recipe is easy and a perfect addition to your brunch table.
Recipe adapted from “The All New Good Housekeeping Cookbook” (2001)

This quick bread recipe is really just basic, simple and delicious. A perfect banana bread is always a crowd pleaser and will be the first thing to go at any brunch buffet. This recipe makes 2 loaves.

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. and gathering and measuring out all of your ingredients.
  • 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 cups blended, very ripe bananas (approximately 4)
  • 1/4 milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs

2. Combine wet ingredients and combine dry ingredients

Combine 1 1/2 cups bananas which have been blended so there are no large chunks. 1/4 cup milk and 2 tsp. vanilla extract. Stir together and set aside

Combine 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon. Stir well and set aside.

3. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs

Combine 1/2 cup room temperature butter and 1 cup granulated sugar and mix on medium speed. When butter and sugar are light colored and fluffy add one egg at a time. Mix well until combined and even consistency.

4. Alternate adding dry and wet ingredients to the mixer

Now that the butter, sugar and eggs are combined, you are ready to incorporate the wet and dry ingredients. Alternate additions of wet and dry ingredients in 5 stages starting and ending with dry ingredients.

Add about 1/3 of your dry ingredients and mix well. When incorporated add 1/2 of your wet ingredients to the mixer. When incorporated, add another 1/3 of the wet ingredients following that pattern for the final two additions. Make sure to scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl periodically to ensure that your batter is mixed well.

When all of your ingredients are in the mixer, mix on high for about 1 minute.

5. Spray or butter 2 loaf pans and pour in batter and bake

Spray 2 (8.5×4.5×2.5 inch) glass loaf pans with cooking spray or coat with butter. Split the batter between the two pans evenly.

Bake in a 350 degree F. oven on the center rack for 45 minutes.

6. Let loaves cool

Let cool for 10 minutes in the loaf pan then remove and allow the loves to cool completely on a wire rack.

7. Cut into 1/2 inch slices

When completely cooled, slice and eat.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please contact me with any questions or comments.

~ Carolyn

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