Moist Banana Bread Recipe

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Moist Banana Bread Recipe

Post  Sugah on Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:03 pm

I want to start out by saying I do not bake hardly ever.
I find having to worry about exact measurements, ingredients, timing, etc., a bit unnerving.
Seems with cooking, you can take far more poetic license and stuff won't go wrong. Laughing

This recipe intimidated me at first, because I had to worry about so much stuff, but I'm thinking it might be typical when following a recipe to bake something.
However, I must say, it was absolutely worth it.
This was my first attempt EVER at making homemade Banana Bread and it was SUPERB!
This bread is very moist, flavorful and smells oh, so good, while baking!!!

For those of you who are far more experienced and adept at baking, this recipe will probably be a breeze for you.
I highly recommend it be served warm with a bit of butter, but cold the next day (and the next) is just as yummy.


Note: The original recipe called for walnuts, but I don't care for nuts in bread/cake at all.
I added a little more cinnamon and vanilla because ... well, I like those spices! Wink

Moist Banana Bread

This moist banana bread recipe helps put overripe bananas, that would otherwise be destined for the garbage, to good use, making it a great recipe for anyone who likes to be frugal.

The key to good quick breads is not overmixing the batter. Once the liquid ingredients are added to the dry, mix the batter by hand just until the flour is moistened, for no more than about ten seconds. Too much mixing can cause the final product to be dry, tough or misshapen.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes


1¾ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
3 large, very ripe bananas
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
½ cup butter or shortening

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and cinnamon.

Unwrap the butter and heat it in the microwave, in a microwave-safe bowl, for about a minute, until it's thoroughly melted. Set it aside at room temperature to cool, but don't let it solidify again.

Peel the bananas. Using a potato masher, mash the bananas in a separate mixing bowl.

Add the vanilla extract to the mashed bananas.

Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and then add the beaten egg to the banana-vanilla mixture.

Thoroughly grease and flour a 9" × 5" × 3" baking pan (or use a nonstick baking pan or a flexible silicone pan).

Pour a tiny bit of the melted butter into the egg-banana-vanilla mixture and stir it in. Repeat 3-4 more times, adding a slightly larger amount of the liquid butter each time until it is all incorporated.

IMPORTANT: Don't add hot melted butter to the egg-banana mixture as the heat from the butter would cook the egg, and that's not what you want to do!

Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones and mix no more than ten seconds. The batter will be visibly lumpy. That's OK! It's extremely important not to overmix the batter, or the resulting bread will be too hard.

Once the liquid and dry ingredients have been combined, gently pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake immediately.

TIP: The dry and wet ingredients, respectively, can be mixed in advance, but as soon as the wet and dry ingredients have been combined with each other, the liquid will activate the baking powder and the batter must be baked right away.

Bake 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean and the edge of the bread starts to separate from the pan.

Once the pan is cool enough to touch, carefully invert the pan — the loaf should drop right out, so make sure you support it with your other hand. Let the loaf cool on a wire rack at room temperature.

Makes one 9" × 5" × 3" loaf.

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Re: Moist Banana Bread Recipe

Post  White Lily on Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:17 pm

Oh this looks like a lovely recipe Sugah, I am a baker personally, I love all things sweet which explains the expanding waistline over the years.
I will give this one a go before the month is out Smile
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Re: Moist Banana Bread Recipe

Post  Light_House on Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:50 am

Great recipe Sugah, I have done one similar to this though I didn't have vanilla or cinnamon, bit more Sugar in my recipe also I think. I will give this a try when I can Sugah see which I prefer
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