Dad's Banana Bread

Dad's Banana Bread

Ready in 45 minutes

My dad's favorite banana bread is simple, moist and taste wonderful. I believe the recipe is adapted from one of my mom's Betty Crocker cookbooks.

"Doesn't beat Mom's or Grandma's (but I don't think anything can), but this is a GREAT banana bread! I made it today and put some it in a muffin tin and the rest (actually still cooking) is in the bread tin. The muffins had great flavor, were moist, and didn't have one overpowering flavor, but a nice combo (I didn't put the walnuts in the oven though. I just mixed them in). I will definitely make this again! It was so good I already at two muffins and it's going to take some extreme willpower to avoid eating the others right away!"

- meganmurray

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2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/4 cups walnuts or pecans; (optional)
1/2 cup unsalted butter; - softened
1 1/4 cups Sugar
2 large Eggs
1 1/2 cups bananas; (3 to 4 medium) mashed, very ripe
1/2 cup Buttermilk
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Original recipe makes 12



Adjust oven rack to lower middle position (so that top of pan will be in center of oven) and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of regular loaf pan, or grease and flour bottom and sides of nonstick 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan. Set aside.

If using, spread nuts on rimmed baking sheet and bake until fragrant and deep golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer nuts to cutting board to cool; chop coarsely and set aside.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and nuts together in a large bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the bananas and beat until smooth. Add the buttermilk and vanilla and beat just until combined. Pour banana mixture onto dry ingredients and gently fold until just incorporated. The batter should be slightly lumpy.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. It should be no more than two-thirds full. Bake until the loaf is golden brown, the edges pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Rotate the pan periodically to ensure even browning. Let the bread rest in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn the loaf out onto a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into thick slices to serve.

Makes one 9-by-5-inch loaf.

Cooks Notes:

If using a glass 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan, bake at 325 degrees F for about 1 1/2 hours. To make mini muffins, bake for about 18 to 20 minutes.


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This turned out very well. It made double what I anticipated, though. I doubled it to have two loaves and ended up with four! I had to use mixed mediums, two glass and two nonstick. They both were done at the same time in about 50-55 minutes. I didn't have all purpose but self rising and still added the baking soda, so they rose and fell in the middle, but since I flip them over, no one was the wiser.
Crissyb65 3 months ago
lindalghln 7 months ago
Beautiful & moist. Everyone loved it...than T
bogtrotter1 10 months ago
Zumba7722 10 months ago
Made this tonight, thank you! This was so moist! I made it in a glass dish and non stick glass dish was better.
LJevans 10 months ago
My wife and I made it and we loved it . I will definitely be making it again
superspark6 1 year ago
Very tasty; my family really enjoyed it.
brettnleosmom 1 year ago
Best ever tasting recipe and simple to make
sonianmatt 1 year ago
Batman2x0 1 year ago
Another winner for meno doubt will bake again
rositajames 1 year ago
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