If you’re anything like me, you love fresh produce. What’s one of the worst things about fresh produce? If you don’t eat it quickly, it can go bad, and thus, go to waste! Seriously depressing when that happens! So in my house, I do everything I can to save it. Usually that means it gets baked into something.
Today, it’s getting baked into banana bread! Over the years, I have played with multiple recipes, adding and subtracting ingredients, making it sweeter, making it less sweet, accidentally forgetting ingredients (Whoops! Never forget baking soda! That was certainly interesting) and so on and so forth. What I love about Banana Bread is its versatility. At the risk of sounding like a scene from the movie Forest Gump; Banana Nut Bread, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Peanut Butter Banana Bread, Cinnamon Banana Bread… well you get the picture. I also love that it is a quick and easy breakfast when you need something on the go.
So without further ado (one can only talk about banana bread so much!) here is my favorite recipe (so far)
You will need:
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- a pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine (softened)
- 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
- 2 Eggs (pssst.. save these shells and click on over to my garden page soon to see how you can use them in the garden!)
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 TBSP Cinnamon
- 2 or 3 very ripe Bananas
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.
In a large mixing bowl mix beaten eggs, butter, vanilla and mashed bananas. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. (You should still have your cinnamon and brown sugar separate!)
Once the two mixtures are combined, add 1/2 of the brown sugar into the mixture.
Pour half the mixture into a greased bread pan.
Sprinkle half of the remaining brown sugar and half of the cinnamon on top, then pour the rest of the batter.
For the final layer, sprinkle the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon on the top for a crumb cake-like top crust.
Bake for one hour (60 minutes). Check with a toothpick to be sure it is finished, keeping in mind, the banana might not come out clean. If your toothpick is all banana, stick another spot. If it comes out clean, your finished! If not, add 5 minutes.
Once bread is finished baking, let cool and serve!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! Leave a comment if you’ve tried a different recipe that you enjoy!