While shopping on Monday, one of our supermarkets had organic bananas wrapped in cellophane at a greatly reduced price since they were past their prime. Great price....a little over 3 pounds for $1.34. I grabbed some, thinking of fresh, hot, homemade banana bread. Yummy!
Wanting to use them all up at once, I had enough bananas for four loaves. I didn't have a bowl big enough so I had to use my stock pot to mix all the batter!
I have a standard banana bread recipe that I have used for the last 20 years and love it. It produces a rich, dark banana bread with lots of flecks that I can switch up a bit if I so desire.
Butter or margarine 1/2 cup
Granulated sugar 1 cup
Mashed very ripe bananas (3 medium) 1 cup
All purpose flour 1 3/4 cups
Baking soda 1 tsp
Baking powder 1/2 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Chopped walnuts (optional)
or Mini chocolate chips 1 cup
Cream butter and sugar together. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating until smooth. Add mashed bananas and blend in.
In second bowl, stir flour with baking soda, baking powder, salt and nuts/chocolate chips. Add to banana mixture stirring only to moisten. Transfer to greased 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. Bake in 350F oven for about 1 hour until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove from pan and place on cake rack to cool. Wrap to store.
Yield: 1 loaf
I have also added pecans sprinkled on top or 3/4 cup of raisins to the recipe. Almost anything!
To mix these up a bit, two had chocolate chips added and two had almonds sprinkled on top....yummy! Once baked, I threw one of each into the freezer and will take them to my son Lucas when I visit him at the end of the month. He will love that. It will be great for our picnic in his first apartment, right Mom?!
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