While super ripe bananas are a nightmare for many people, to me they are pure bliss. Why? They are the main ingredient of delicious banana bread! And, how can you not love banana bread? Just think of the smell in your kitchen while the banana bread is baking in the oven and the joy you feel when you wake up in the morning and remember that there is fresh banana bread waiting in the kitchen. It’s such a simple thing to bake, and it reduces food waste.
There are many recipes for Banana Bread all over the internet. After trying out a couple, I settled on the one you can find below.
Simple Banana Bread
I adapted this recipe from Williams-Sonoma. It is from their Kids Baking cookbook, so it is very simple. Also, you will probably find everything you need to make this banana bread in your pantry. It will take you about 15 minutes of preparation and 45 minutes baking time.
- 200g all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3-4 medium, very ripe bananas
- 150g sugar
- 40g vegetable oil
- 2 medium-sized eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a loaf pan with butter – I love using this bake and store dish from Anchor Hocking for baking loaves, by the way. Instead of greasing the dish with butter, I usually line it with baking paper as it’s so much easier to remove the baked bread from the pan.
In a bowl stir together the flour, baking powder and the salt using a wooden spoon. In another large bowl mash the bananas with a fork and add the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla and beat the mix with the wooden spoon until it is well blended. Then add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir until it’s well mixed. If you are lazy and own a food processor or Kitchen Aid, skip the wooden spoon and use that one instead! Rule #1: the longer you beat it, the better it gets!
Now you scrape the batter into your prepared pan, and after spreading it evenly, you put the pan into the pre-heated oven. Bake it for about 45 minutes, depending on your oven. To test if the bread is ready, stick a toothpick or a spaghetti into the center of the loaf, if it comes out with nearly no crumbs clinging to it, your banana bread fully baked.
Remove the pan from the oven and set it out to cool for about 15-20 minutes before digging into it!
This Banana Bread Recipe is too simple for you? Here are some more elaborate Banana Bread recipes:
- A recipe using buttermilk by Violet Bakery that I found via Local Milk
- Another version with caramelized bananas from Nourish Atelier
- This dark chocolate banana bread by A Couple Cooks. Yum!
What’s your favorite banana bread recipe?
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