Easy, From-Scratch Banana Bread
So, I had a couple bananas that were turning brown this past week so I decided to try my hand at making some banana bread. I had never made any type of bread, yeasty or otherwise. So, I was truthfully a bit nervous. In the end it came out beautifully. Next time I would make sure that all of the bananas used are completely browned to ensure max-banana-goodness.
1 3/4 c sifted unbleached flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp real vanilla extract (not imitation)
1/3 c butter
2/3 c sugar
3/4 T orange zest (or lemon zest)
1 or 2 eggs (I had jumbo eggs, so I used one. If you have small eggs, use two.)
1-3 ripe (very brown) bananas
spices to taste- 1/8 tsp cardamom, 1/8 tsp ground clove, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg, ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Cream butter, sugar, vanilla, and zest in a bowl.
Beat in the bananas and eggs, but not too much so the mixture starts to separate.
Add dry ingredients.
Beat the combined batter until creamy.
Add any additional ingredients you may want (nuts, dried fruits, etc.)
Grease bread pan with butter.
Place pan in over and bake for 45minutes to an hour. Bread is done when the top is golden and a knife comes out cleanly when tested.
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