I am currently going through a baking addiction. Every day I’m baking loaves of bread or biscuits, and yesterday I finally caved and did something about those sad brown bananas on the counter top.
You know the story, you buy big bunches of bananas, eat them while they’re tasty and yellow, and then promise yourself you’ll use them up in bread when they get too sweet.
How many of us actually do? In our house, they’re far more likely to be ignored until they look sad and get tossed in the compost pile or fed to the dogs. Up until yesterday, that is.
This recipe will make no-fail, easy to adapt, perfect banana bread, with no fancy kitchen mixer required (still want one though!).
The loaf was devoured the second I took it out of the oven, everyone was hovering around like vultures because it just smelled so dang good. Pair it with some softened butter and a glass of cold milk, it’s heaven!
- 4 Overripe Bananas
- 1 1/2 cups Flour
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 2 Eggs
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line loaf pan with parchment paper, or use a no-stick spray or butter to coat the sides.
- Using a large mixing bowl, mix together softened or melted butter and sugar.
- Add in the remaining ingredients, saving the bananas for last.
- Add bananas to mixture, mushing them down with a fork.
- Don’t completely cream them down to goop, leave some smaller chunks whole.
- Thoroughly blend together all ingredients, then add batter to prepared loaf pan.
- Pop in the oven for 35 minutes.
- Let cool for 5-10 minutes, or dive in right away!
- Bread will be more crumbly if you eat it right out of the oven, but nothing beats warm banana bread and butter 🙂
Since I made this on a whim, dinner was already in the works. We ended up eating this loaf with mashed potatoes and chicken pot pie, and let me tell you, the flavors did not mesh well. It was too tasty to leave on the counter though, so we made it work 🙂
I’m seriously thinking about buying two bunches of bananas at the store now, just so I can put one on top of the fridge and let it brown up. This will become a new request at your home, and a perfect way to use up those sad, sad bananas.