Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Banana Bread

I've tried several recipes for using up past-their-prime bananas, and this is my favorite. I altered a recipe I found online. It has buttermilk in it which I have come to believe makes any baked goods ten times better.
Sorry I don't have any artsy pictures to share with you...
2 eggs
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 mashed overripe bananas
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 and grease your bread pan. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, bananas, vanilla and buttermilk and mix well. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients and then add to wet and mix until well incorporated. (I am very lazy and reluctant to dirty another bowl so I usually just dump everything into my stand mixer together.) Bake until the top doesn't jiggle when you give the pan a good shake. Sorry I don't have an exact time frame for you...I also think the addition of nuts or chocolate chips or even a cream cheese icing would be delicious if you want to get fancy!


  1. this looks good... will have to try since Brian LOVES banana bread.

  2. I will have to give this recipe a try, but if anyone's interested in trying another, here's the banana bread recipe I've used. It's my mothers, so I'm a little biased, but I think it's wonderful. (No buttermilk, but it's got shortening!)

    Banana Bread

    1 3/4 cups flour
    2/3 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 cup shortening
    1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 very ripe medium bananas)
    2 eggs, slightly beaten
    1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

    Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 9" X 5" loaf pan. In large
    bowl, with fork, mix first 5 ingredients.With pastry blender or 2
    knives used scissor-fashion, cut in the shortening until mixture
    resembles coarse crumbs. With fork, stir in bananas and eggs just
    until blended. Add chopped nuts. Mix again and spread batter evenly
    in pan.
    Bake 55 minutes to 1 hour until toothpick inserted in center comes
    out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes: remove from pan and
    cool completely on rack. Makes 1 loaf.