My mother-in-law shared this recipe for a traditional and classic homemade banana bread with me when I started to learn how to bake. It is basic, it is easy and the perfect place for a newbie baker to start. The other day I wanted to bake something comforting but that I could not screw up. I am sick, feeling like crap but wanted to bake and yes, I screwed it up anyway but it still came out delicious. Now that is a winner of a recipe!
3 ripe Bananas, crushed (their skins should be spotted, not black and their flesh still light and not bruised)
1 cup of white sugar
4 tbsp of melted butter
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Mix together one at a time in the order of the ingredients and pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 325F for 1 hour.
After crushing the bananas with your fork, mix in the sugar.
Melt four tbsp of butter. I love getting the sticks of butter because all you have to do is slice four pats like this to get that amount! My mother-in-law uses margarine so if that is your preference, feel free. Stir into batter.
It is best to mix the dry ingredients together separately and then add to the wet ingredients. Do not over mix, just stir until everything comes together and you can not see the flour anymore.
See that egg hiding at the back of this photograph? I missed that step! I was talking to my husband about shamanism becoming popular in Korea (that’s pretty normal here) and I totally forgot to add the egg as the fourth step. I took the batter out, put it back into the mixing bowl and stirred the egg until it incorporated.
I baked the bread for one hour and then checked for doneness with a toothpick. I put it right in the middle and plunged it as deep as I could to make sure that it was baked all the way through. This is the only challenging part of the recipe, I have taken the loaf out before it was completely done which is a big bummer. Check to see if the bread has pulled away from the sides of the loaf pan too and it should be golden in colour.
If you love banana bread but want to try making one with a twist, try this Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze or Anna Olson’s White Chocolate Banana Loaf. Both are also fantastic! It is so amazing how you can take one basic recipe and do so much with it.