The Best Banana Bread You'll Have

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Hi, I'm Haley & I like food. 

My husband doesn't like sweets, but he LOVES banana bread. Not sure how that works, but hey- I get to bake and not eat all of it myself. 

I originally found this recipe, but I've modified it to be my own and that's the one I'll show you below. 

Every time I go grocery shopping, I think it will be the week I eat a lot of bananas, so I buy a bunch and end up putting almost all of them in the freezer. So now I have bananas coming out of my ears and need a constant outlet for them (and I finally found flour during quarantine!).

Ok, are you done hearing me blab and now you just want the recipe? Well, here's what we'll need for the bread: 

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 bananas
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbs. vanilla
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • I like to add a dash of coconut extract too, but that's just me :)

And here's for the glaze (you can modify this to make it yours too!)

  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • a tsp vanilla extract (I like to use maple or coconut extract too)
  • 2 tbs water

What else you'll need:

  • an oven, obviously (unless you're getting really creative with a fire pit or bbq)
  • a kitchen aid stand mixer
  • a large bowl
  • a 9x5 pan or a 9x9 pan

To make:

  1. First off, set your oven to 350. I always forget this step.
  2. Put 1/2 cup of softened butter, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar in your mixer and start whipping it. I like to whip mine on high for a full 1-2 minutes. Then whip some more. 
  3. Add in your eggs and whip on medium speed for 30 seconds or so. 
  4. In a separate bowl, put your 4 bananas (I usually used thawed frozen ripe ones, but the world is your oyster), 2 tbs of brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and other extracts in. Mash with a banana masher (I prefer a pastry blender but a fork will do too). Mash it well. Then mash it again.
  5. To your butter, sugar, egg mixture, add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well with your mixer. You'll probably have to get a spatula out and fold the dough over a few times between mixing.  
  6. Once your dough is mixed well, add in the banana mixture and mix some more. Lots of mixing in here. With the gyms being closed, it's my new favorite workout. Yes, my pants have gotten tighter with this method. 
  7. Butter up your pan. I prefer the 9x5. Pour in your batter and bake at 350 for 35 minutes, then turn in down to 325 and bake for (what feels like forever) another 20 minutes. Keep checking it. Put a knife in it and see if it's cooked all the way before taking it out. Keep doing this if you're like me and really like eating the batter. If you used a 9x9 pan, bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
  8. While the banana bread is baking, make your glaze. Put your powdered sugar and extracts into a little bowl. If you really like sweets, just double the powdered sugar amount. Mix and add a couple of teaspoons of water. Add a little bit as you go until you like the texture of the glaze. 
  9. Pull the banana bread out, let cool and pour on the glaze- you'll be glad you did!
  10. Don't tell anyone you made banana bread, hoard it, eat all of it yourself & enjoy!

banana bread

Until next week my darlings!

XO,
Haley J

 

 

 


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