Banana Bread

One thing I am known for with friends and family is my Banana Bread. I had a tried and true recipe for the longest time, but unfortunately after many cleanings I have misplaced it. I have gone through so many recipes to find the perfect replacement. Each has been a bit of a disappointment. Then this recipe came along. It has almost the same taste as my usual recipe. Almost. I will still search for the ultimate recipe for Banana Bread. I will not give up till I have found it!

Banana Bread
{I made two small loaves)

3 whole bananas
1 tablespoon 2% milk
1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350. Place bananas with peel onto a baking sheet. Place in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Bananas should be soft and the peels will be dark. Remove from oven and set aside.

Reduce the temperature of the oven to 325 and lightly butter and flour your loaf pan(s).

Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla.

In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Add the banana mixture to the creamed butter/sugar mixture and mix until combined. Add in the dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 40-45 minutes (or if using smaller loaf pans 25-30 minutes). Set aside to cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes before trying to take out of the loaf pan.

I like to enjoy with a bit of butter and sometimes toasted.


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