However you classify it, Banana Bread is one of the easiest, if not the easiest, quick bread to throw together. It's hard to make a mistake with this very forgiving bread, and if an error is made it usually still makes a tasty finished product.
Banana Bread costs only pennies a slice to make at home compared to 3.50 for a slab of sahara dry “bread like product” sold at corner coffee shops and 24 hour marts across the globe. Take some time this week to make one yourself and get the foundation to move on to bigger things like Lemon Poppy Seed or Cranberry Orange.
3/4 Cup Softened Butter
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Medium Very Ripe Bananas
1 3/4 Cup Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Salt.
1 Cup Crushed Walnuts
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
What Ya Do:
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
Using a stand mixer or hand mixer cream butter and sugar until light.
Add Vanilla and Eggs one at a time and beat to fully incorporate
Add bananas and mix on high for 1-2 minutes until mixture is mostly smooth. There will be some banana lumps, that’s fine.
In a separate bowl sift together Flour, Baking Powder, Soda, Nutmeg and Salt
With mixer off, add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the banana mixture.
Mix on low until just incorporated. Repeat until all flour is mixed in and moist. Do not over beat. You want this to be a very loose batter. The more you run the mixer the tougher the bread will be.
If using, now is the time to mix your walnuts (or chocolate chips) in by hand with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon
Pour into a greased loaf pan
Bake for 45 min to 55 minutes. Bread will be done when the house smells like banana heaven and a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean (or with a few crumbs on it).