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Banana bread

Classic Banana Bread: A Timeless Comfort Dessert

  Banana bread is a beloved classic, cherished for its moist, tender crumb and the comforting aroma that fills the kitchen while it bakes. This recipe transforms overripe bananas into a delightful treat that’s perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert. Join us as we explore the simple pleasure of baking and enjoying a slice of timeless banana bread.

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans) or chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat and Prepare:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 4×8-inch (or similar) loaf pan.

Mash the Bananas: 2. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until they are smooth. The riper the bananas, the sweeter your banana bread will be.

Combine Wet Ingredients: 3. Melt the unsalted butter in a microwave-safe bowl or using a stovetop. Let it cool slightly.

  1. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
  2. Add the baking soda and a pinch of salt to the banana-butter mixture and stir to combine. Allow it to sit for a minute; it will fizz a bit.
  3. Stir in the granulated sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract until well incorporated.

Incorporate Dry Ingredients: 7. Gently fold in the all-purpose flour until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are okay.

  1. If you’re adding chopped nuts or chocolate chips, fold them into the batter at this stage.

Bake the Banana Bread: 9. Pour the banana bread batter into the greased loaf pan, spreading it evenly.

  1. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

Cool and Serve: 11. Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

  1. Once cooled, slice the banana bread into generous slices and enjoy. It’s delicious on its own or spread with a bit of butter.

Cook’s Notes:

  • The ripeness of your bananas greatly influences the flavor of your banana bread. Overripe bananas with brown spots are ideal as they are sweeter and provide a more intense banana flavor.
  • Feel free to customize your banana bread with additions like chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans), chocolate chips, or dried fruits.
  • If your banana bread starts browning too quickly on top while baking, you can loosely tent it with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning.
  • Banana bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days. For longer storage, refrigerate it or freeze slices individually.

  Classic Banana Bread is a comforting and timeless dessert that brings joy with every bite. With simple ingredients and easy preparation, it’s a delightful way to use up ripe bananas and create a delicious treat for yourself and your loved ones. Follow this recipe, bake your own banana bread, and savor the warm, nostalgic flavors that make it a beloved classic.

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