Oct 20, 2007

Banana Bread

I have always loved banana bread. However I find it very hard to find a banana bread that I like. Moist loaves seem to be too dry, to "burnt" tasting, too browned on the outside, to bland, too sweet or just lacking in banana flavor. I have tried several recipes over the years. I do enjoy my recipe for Easy Banana Bread when time is short, but this recipe here is my absolute favorite. It is so moist, flavorful and so pretty too. The flavor and color of the bananas really shine through. I adapted this from The Joy Of Cooking.

Banana Bread

Makes 1 Loaf

3/4 stick (6 Tbsp.) butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 bananas)
1/4 c. plain or vanilla yogurt
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

In a large bowl, combine butter, eggs, banana, yogurt and sugar. Mix well. In a small bowl combine flour, salt and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined well. Spoon into a well greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan about 20 minutes before removing. Cool completely then slice.


Carla said...


here's a link for the best banana bread I have tried. It calls for 2 1/3 cups of banana so you know it's very banana-y and moist!! I just found it needed to be baked a bit longer

Anonymous said...

Great minds think alike! I also made banana bread. I'm going to try your recipe, too. ;-))


Michele said...

mcveinot, that sounds like a great recipe, I will have to give it a try!

paz, hope yours turned out as good as mine did, I love banana bread **sigh** ;0)

Un Coeur Music said...

The banana bread sounds fabulous! I like making things like this when the weather turns cold and considering it's November now, it's time! Thank you for the recipe and I'll definitely be looking around the rest of your blog!


Mel Mapes said...

I found this recipe b/c i only had 2 bananas...and most recipes i find call for 3. I am SOOO glad i only had 2 to work with, otherwise i wouldn't have stumbled upon this fantastic recipe!! My last banana bread i made was fully cooked on the outside, but still mushy in the middle. This one was not only baked perfectly, but it was so moist and just plain delicious. Thanks for sharing! It is now saved to my favorites to use every time (I'm actually baking some right now!)

Michele said...

Mel, I'm glad you found me too. Everyone I make this for LOVES it!