After coming home from a weekend vacation I was greeted by a bunch of rotten bananas (in the words of Athena, my 8 year old). More commonly known by the rest of us as super ripe, at their prime, ready to bake bananas. Perhaps most normal people wouldn’t find this exciting – I was totally ecstatic.
Banana bread it would be. All my usual banana bread recipes call for 2-3 bananas. I decided I was going to use all five bananas in one pop – there would be no marathon baking festivities on this day.
So I found a recipe with great reviews using five bananas and a stick of butter – sounds right up my alley. As all quick breads go, dry ingredients in one bowl, wet ingredients in another and stir until just combined. Do not over mix – I can never stress that enough. Quick breads are pretty much fool proof – the only way to mess them up is to over mix or majorly over bake – so don’t do either. Spoon the batter in your greased loaf pan and sprinkle with some crushed walnuts. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean – your looking at 60 -70 minutes. I pulled mine out of the oven at 65 minutes, but it should have been left in for a few extra minutes.
That’s it. Easy, delicious bread loaded with banana flavor. Rest assured, the five bananas in this bread make it super moist and perfectly dense.
So go ahead and buy a bunch of bananas and put them away just for this recipe. It’ll probably be quite sometime (next vacation, perhaps) until I have 5 overripe bananas in my house again…I look forward to it.
Thanks for reading and Happy Baking : )
Recipe adapted from Shelley Albeluhn at allrecipes.com
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup butter, at room temp
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 5 large bananas, extra ripe
- 1 tablespoon crushed walnuts, optional
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Grease/spray a loaf pan.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In another bowl, mash bananas. A fork works wonderfully.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.
- Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.
- Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just till combined. Do not over mix.
- Pour/spoon batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Sprinkle walnuts on top of batter.
- Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Let bread rest in loaf pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack to cool.
- Enjoy : )
- Recipe adapted from Shelley Albeluhn @ allrecipes.com