I have this strong belief that banana bread is something you should be able to make anytime and anywhere, with your mixer or with a fork, in a loaf pan or even in a muffin tin. Whenever you have a few bananas that are going soft and uneatable, your next line of thought should be 'Banana bread!'
I have here a very interesting and basic recipe that will take nothing more than 15 minutes to whisk together, and about an extra hour of waiting to get done.
While your house is filled with the tempting aroma of your fresh Banana bread, you can be forgiven by your neighbours if found snacking on your very own slice of aromatic, warm, freshly-baked banana bread. By the way, you did it yourself. Didn't you?
First things first, the most important requirement for making banana bread is that you make use of very ripe bananas. Once the peels starts developing freckles and the fruits are becoming just a little too soft for pleasurable eating, then it is time for banana bread.
Allowing your bananas ripen even longer, until the skins are turned brown and the fruit falls apart when you peel it, will give your bread a stronger banana flavour and richer banana taste.
• 8 tablespoons of cooking spray (oil)
• 1 stick of unsalted butter
• 1 cup of granulated sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1/4 cup of milk
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavour
• 3 medium bananas (very ripe)
• 2 cups of all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon of baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon of salt
• 1/2 cup of chopped nuts or chocolate chips (this is optional)
Pre-heat your oven to about 350°F and prepare the pan you will be using by placing it with parchment paper, allowing the excess to hang over the long sides, forming a sling as you can see in the picture above.
Spray or brush the inside of the pan with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
Note: If you are using nuts, toast them in the oven for about 10 minutes while pre-heating.
Melt the butter over low heat, or for a more cake-like banana bread, soften the butter (do not melt) and cream it together with the sugar just like I will show you below:
• Combine the butter and your sugar, and then place butter and sugar in a clean large bowl and whisk until they have combined properly or become fluffy.
Crack the eggs into a clean bowl and whisk until they are completely combined and become smooth.
Then the next thing you should do is to add the milk and vanilla flavour and whisk together until it turns into the batter.
At this stage, your next step is to peel the bananas and add them into the bowl.
Then, use the end of the whisk or a clean fork to mash them together into the batter.
You can choose to leave the bananas chunky or as smooth. It depends on however you prefer it.
If you want an entirely smooth banana bread, then you must mash the bananas in a separate bowl until there are no more lumps.
This should be done before adding to the mixture (in step 3), and then you can whisk them into the batter.
Add the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt into the bowl.
Now, take up the clean spatula and use it to gently stir the mixture until all the ingredients are just barely combined and you can no longer see any dry flour.
Step 6 (Optional)
This step is not necessary, but if you decide to use nuts or chocolate, then you should scatter the nuts or chocolate over the batter and fold them in gently.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan you have prepared in step 1.
Use the spatula to scrape all the batter from the bowl into the pan and then, smooth the top of the batter to make it level in the pan.
Place your pan into the pre-heated oven, allow to rest and then you can start checking the bread from around 40 minutes, and then continue to check it every 5 minutes after.
You will know it is done when the outter part is caramel brown and if you insert your fork into the bread, you can the inside is deep yellowish in colour.
• When it is done, remove it from pan and allow it to cool down for another 10 minutes on the cooling rack.
• You can remove it by grasping the parchment paper sling, and then lift the loaf out of the pan.
Well done! You have successfully made your own delicious banana bread. I believe It is fresh and very tasty and you should be proud of yourself. Now you are free to cut yourself a slice and enjoy.
Just like I did, make sure you're the first to take a bite before anyone else. It's not greed, it's just being cautious because the wonderful taste of the banana bread can be hypnotising.
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