Banana Bread

I can not stand an over-ripened banana. The smell, nauseating. The texture, yuck. It’s a rotting fruit! But for some reason i’m perfectly fine baking it into a loaf. It’s still a rotten fruit and, yet somehow, the worse off it is the better the bread becomes.

I inherited this recipe from an old college roommate, that is to say that when he moved out he neglected to take it with him. I have no idea where it originated from, probably something as obvious as Betty Crocker. It’s hand-written on a recipe card and, in fact, is the only hand-written recipe card I own. It sits in a special place at the front of my recipe box.

banana bread ingredients

The ingredients:

  • 1/2 C. butter or dairy-free margarine, softened (1 stick)
  • 1 C. Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Over-ripened Mashed Bananas
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1  1/4 C. AP Flour

The Method:

  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 1 minute in the mixer.
  2. Add eggs and mix to combine.
  3. Add mashed bananas and vanilla, mix to combine.
  4. In a separate dish mix dry ingredients, being careful to break up any clumps of baking soda. I do this by smashing it in between my fingers while adding it to the bowl. I don’t own a sifter and I don’t care to.
  5. Turn mixer on to lowest speed and add dry ingredients. Turn mixer up to medium until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated, about 30 seconds. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure all of the soda/salt has been well incorporated. Mix one final time, about 15 seconds.
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  7. Bake on 350ºF for 1 hour.
  8. Bread is done when the edges turn golden brown and start to pull away from the pan.
  9. Let cool before cutting if you care about the appearance. It will fall apart otherwise.

On a side note, this recipe can be mixed by hand. I choose the mixer because I have no patience for combining butter and sugar manually. I store my banana bread in a ziplock on the countertop. It holds the moisture in nicely and is one of those baked goods that gets better with age.

banana bread

banana bread

Isn’t the tea set adorable? I inherited this from my husband’s grandma who loved all things violet.