- Butter, softened 1 stick
- Sugar 1 cup
- Eggs, large 2
- Bananas, mashed (leaving some chunks) 4
- Flour 1 1/2 cups
- Baking Soda 1 tsp.
- Salt 1/2 tsp.
- Vanilla 1 tsp.
- Walnuts, chopped 1/4 cup
I know it’s summer and I am posting a recipe for banana bread, but stay with me and I’ll explain….
A friend of ours shared a video one day last week showing a spider coming out of a ripe banana. It wound up being a fraud and was created by an animation expert, but both my husband and I were still grossed out by what we saw. So grossed out that neither one of us wanted to eat any of the small bunch of bananas I had just purchased. My husband asked me to just make banana bread out of them until we could get rid of the image of that video from our minds and start eating bananas again.
“Sure,” I said. But, for so many years I was using a recipe for banana bread that a friend had shared with me and was always disappointed with the results. It never seemed like there was enough banana flavor. I decided to create my own recipe and this is what I came up with. I hope you try it and can’t wait to hear what you think about it.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream together butter and sugar in a mixer (reserve the wrapper of the butter to grease the loaf pan).
- Grease (with butter left on the wrapper) and flour a loaf pan.
- Add eggs and mashed bananas to the sugar mixture and blend for a couple of seconds.
- On a piece of wax paper, sift flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and blend on low speed for another couple of seconds, just to combine. Add vanilla and walnuts and mix again until combined.
- Bake for about 65 minutes. I like to rotate the pan about half way through baking time for even baking. Insert a toothpick in the middle – if comes out clean it’s done.
- Remove from oven and place on baking rack to cool for about 20 minutes.
- Carefully turn out loaf onto the cooling rack and let cool completely.
- Slice and enjoy immediately or wrap in foil and refrigerate.