Easy Banana Bread Recipe
Are you a fan of delicious food that can be made without much time and effort? If so, give your taste buds a real treat with our insanely easy banana bread recipe. It’s really a pity that almost all of the sweet food recipes must be made with exact measurements, take quite some time for the preparation and most likely some chefy techniques. Fortunately, there are a few exceptions, and we have found a real winner. Making sweet banana bread is the perfect dessert for a special occasion, or simply because you just want to make something from those bananas that have been sitting in the fridge and are about to go bad.
The most flexible recipe ever
To make this amazingly tasty banana bread, you might not even have to go to the store. A few of the ingredients can be substituted with what you have in the pantry. For instance, instead of butter, you can use margarine or any kind of fat you have. Some of the ingredients are optional, so that you can alter the flavour to your liking. Also, you can make this bread so many times and each time you can have a different flavour if you alter the ingredients. You might wanna start with the banana nut bread version of the recipe, because it will give you the richest texture. Or just use the vanilla or rum extract, for a stronger flavour. Don’t worry, there’s little chance to get it wrong, no matter what you choose to add. So, here is what you will need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups white sugar
2 cups mashed overripe bananas (that’s about 5 or 6 bananas)
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla or rum extract (optional, but recommended)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (also optional, but strongly recommended)
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and the cinnamon (if you decide to use any). In a separate bowl, mix the butter / margarine together with the sugar until you get a smooth mixture. Mash the bananas and stir them into the butter mixture while mixing. Then, gradually add the dry mixture. Do this so that you can avoid the creation of lumps. Add the eggs, one by one, also while mixing. Make sure that you mix each egg well before you add the next.
If you choose to use walnuts or pecans, this is the point when you need to add them to the mix. You’ll need to chop / crush them into little pieces first, or grind them. This is also the time to add the vanilla or rum extract. If you decide to use some, we recommend the vanilla, because it complements the banana giving it a rich, sophisticated flavour. We tested the recipe with all of the ingredients on the list, meaning we used both vanilla and rum extract. The result was somewhere on the lines of a flavour bomb. But if you don’t want to end up with banana nut bread that’s too strong in flavour, best to choose between the ingredients.
Grease and flour your loaf pan and pour the bread mixture in. Bake at a temperature of 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), for about an hour or so. To make sure that the bread is ready, stick a knife or a chopstick in the center of the loaf down to the middle of the pan. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Let it cool for about 10 - 15 minutes before you take it out of the pan and put it onto a cooling rack. Here’s a trick that makes all the difference - after the bread has cooled completely, wrap it in aluminum foil. This allows it to keep in the moisture.
Making this yummy banana bread will take about an hour and a half of your time (not counting the time it takes the bread to cool) and you won’t need any special culinary skills to make it. In fact, if you have kids that love to help out in the kitchen, this is an excellent opportunity to let them.