Friday, July 17, 2009

Best Banana Bread

This is definitely the best banana bread i have ever tasted and everyone who tries it agrees. Even better than its taste is its versatility!!! You can use butter OR oil, white sugar OR brown and you can leave it plain, add chocolate chips, walnuts OR both! Did I mention all you need to make this fabulous bread is a spoon and a bowl..and a loaf pan of course! The following is how I make it, I like the butter method slightly better but honestly the taste is exactly the same!
  • about 4 ripe med size RIPE bananas (more or less according to taste)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3/4 cup of sugar (if your bananas are not overly ripe then use 1 full cup sugar)
  • 1/3 cup and 1 tbs melted butter (here is where you can use oil if you prefer!)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup walnuts or 3/4chocolate chips or 1 cup (total) of both
Preheat the oven to 350*F and grease a standard loaf pan. If using butter in the mix grease pan with butter...if you are using oil in mix grease your pan with oil or nonstick spray. Peel bananas and add to a big bowl. Mash them up with a big spoon, or potato masher or whatever you have handy (your hands are OK too). Stir the melted butter into the bananas then mix in sugar, vanilla and egg. Add the baking soda and salt and then add the flour. Mix until blended but be gentle you never want to over mix flour..just mix it all up (don't worry it will be delicious) and pour into your greased pan. (don't even bother smoothing it out in the pan just pile it in) and bake for about 1 hour...set you kitchen timer for 50 minutes and stick a toothpick inside if it comes out moist but the top is looking perfect put a piece of tin foil loosely on top for the rest of its cook time. Voila! Take it out and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes and then on a rack and your whole house (or in my case apartment) will smell like fresh banana bread!

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