I have a confession to make to all of you today. I have a slight addiction to banana bread……okay maybe it’s a really bad and huge addiction to banana bread. It’s delicious warm, melt in your mouth, combination of banana and spices just sends me to a very happy place. My mom always made really good banana bread and I used to just beg and plead for her to make me some every few months. This, however, was just too long to wait to satisfy my addiction so a few years ago I attempted to make it on my own. For some reason making bread was always intimidating to me (probably because of all the horror stories I’ve heard from people over the years). But I tried it and am so glad that I did. We eat a lot of bananas in this house but it never fails that there will always be a few left over that are less than appetizing to eat raw. So this is my perfect excuse to bake up a batch of bread. A loaf usually lasts about a day or 2 between the four of us. The kids could eat a whole loaf in one setting if I let them.
I have tried several recipes and have been pretty pleased with almost all of them. Most banana bread consists of pretty similar ingredients. The one I’m sharing today is very simple and uses ingredients that everyone usually has stocked in the pantry. Nothing fancy required here, folks!! So without further ado here it is and I hope you all find a bit of time to whip up a delicious batch to share with your family. Happy Cooking!!
3 or 4 ripe bananas, mashed (I have used both 3 and 4 and they both came out great)
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar (If you have 4 bananas you can use 3/4 cup, if you want, and it will still taste great)
1 egg beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
optional: Cinnamon (there is no specific measurement. I love cinnamon with banana so I just eye it and put whatever I think looks good. Put as much or as little as you like depending on your own specific tastes)
Mix mashed bananas and melted butter together. Next add sugar, egg and vanilla. Stir until mixed. Then add baking soda and pinch of salt and mix. Lastly add in flour and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. If adding cinnamon add it now and give it a good stir. Put it in a 350 degree oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Now slice while still warm and enjoy!!
Have a Happy Tuesday!!