I love making banana bread and when I make this, a loaf never lasts more than 2 days! This banana bread also is delicious the next day when you reheat a piece in the microwave for 20 seconds – tastes like it just came out of the oven!
Ingredients for Banana bread:
Note: I always add extra banana for additional moisture and flavor
2 Cups all-purpose flour 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda ¼ Teaspoon of Salt ½ Cup of butter, softened ¾ Cup Light brown sugar 2 Eggs, beaten 3-4 slightly ripened bananas (banana peels are turning brown, smell strongly of banana) 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Small slab of butter or Pam cooking spray 2 Teaspoons of flour, for the loaf pan
Preheat the oven and prepare a loaf pan:
Preparation 5 minutes
Preheat the oven to 350 F
Lightly grease (with butter or Pam baking spray) loaf pan, even the sides
Take 2 Teaspoons of flour and coat all the insides (inside only) by shaking the loaf pan gently
Recommendation: Hold over your sink while you shake the excess flour out (for mess control)
Prepare your bananas:
Preparation 5 minutes
Peel your bananas first. Place your peeled bananas in a small mixing bowl and mash them really good. I use my potato masher and that works perfectly!
Prepare your Banana Bread batter:
Preparation time: 5 Minutes
In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt
In you a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar
Stir in the eggs, vanilla and mashed bananas until well blended
Add flour mixture to the bananas and mix until just blended
Pour the batter into the loaf pan, gently shake side to side so the batter flattens out a little
Baking your Amazing Banana Bread:
Bake time: 50-55 Minutes
Bake in the oven for 50-55 minutes
Pull the banana bread out of the oven and place on a hot pad or the stove
Immediately spread a little butter on the top and sprinkle with white sugar
Let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing
Order of Operations:
Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare loaf pan
Mix wet ingredients until blended
Add flour mixture to wet ingredients
Pour into loaf pan
Important notes for you:
Other things you can add: Nuts of any kind, cinnamon, chocolate chips, peanut butter – Get creative!
When I am baking sweets, I always put out the butter I am going to need for my baking first thing in the morning so that it has time to soften to room temperature. Helps a lot when you mix it with the sugar!
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