How To Make Banana Bread

We all know about banana bread – it’s that yummy, moist sweetbread that we use those nasty old black over-ripe bananas for. I can remember many-a-time hearing my mother shout, “Don’t throw those bananas away!” I now know that bananas are at their sweetest at this stage and help to make the bread nice and moist. I guard them diligently until I’m ready to get out my recipe and learn how to make banana bread.

Banana bread recipes started appearing in cookbooks around America in the 1930s. It is not bread in the true sense of the word because there is no leavening agent used, but baking soda instead. The mixture doesn’t form dough to be kneaded and then set aside to rise, just a thick batter. In the 1960s it became even more popular because it was so easy to make. Banana bread is actually the most popular in cafes in Australia where it is at served at breakfast.

Now there are any many different variations of this simple recipe, like healthy banana bread, banan nut bread etc... Here is a classic version of homemade banana bread. It is actually made more like a cake so that it has a smooth texture with smaller crumbs.

Homemade Banana Bread Ingredients
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups of flour
2 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon buttermilk

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Place peeled bananas in a small bowl and mash them with a fork. Stir in the buttermilk and set this aside.

3. In a larger bowl mix together the butter and both sugars until they are fluffy.

4. Add the egg and beat once again until well blended.

5. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a sifter and then sift this into a bowl.

6. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the banana mixture to the butter and sugar in the mixing bowl. Start with the dry ingredients and end with the dry ingredients and always beat thoroughly before the next addition.

7. Coat a 9” by 5” loaf pan with the type of cooking spray that has flour in it. Spoon the batter into the pan and spread it out evenly.

8. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes. The time will depend on how accurately your oven heats. The bread is done when is a dark golden brown. Check to be sure by inserting a toothpick directly into the middle. If it comes out clean, the bread is done.

9. Remove bread and cool on a wire rack.

Banana Bread Variations
There are a lot of things you can to vary this recipe, which does not have nuts. Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.

I like to give my banana bread a Jamaican flair occasionally. Use this recipe (with nuts), leave out the buttermilk and add two tablespoons of rum. After you’ve poured the batter into the loaf pan, sprinkle 1/2 cup of coconut on top and then bake as usual. Make a glaze of 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 1-1/2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice. Drizzle this on top while the bread is still warm. If you still want more ideas how to make banana bread browse the rest of this site, there are plenty of cool recipes that you can choose from.

07.09.2010. 07:42


bananabreadlover 08.12.2010. 14:04

Nice... I really like that Jamaican twist. A little rum never hurt nobody :))

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