There’s something truly comforting about the smell of freshly baked banana bread wafting through the kitchen. It brings back memories of childhood and lazy Sunday mornings. If you’ve never tried making homemade banana bread before, now is the perfect time to do so. This recipe is simple, requires basic ingredients, and guarantees a moist and flavorful result every time.
To make this delicious banana bread, you will need the following ingredients:
– 3 ripe bananas
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 2 large eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) and greasing a 9×5-inch loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas until smooth. Add the melted butter and sugar, and mix well until combined. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in a dense and tough loaf.
If you prefer a bit of crunch in your banana bread, now is the time to fold in the chopped walnuts. They add a wonderful texture and nutty flavor to the bread.
Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for approximately 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If the top of the bread starts to brown too quickly, you can tent it with foil to prevent burning.
Once the banana bread is baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. This will ensure that the bread maintains its moisture.
When you’re ready to serve, slice a thick piece of banana bread and spread a bit of butter on top. You can also enjoy it plain or with a dollop of whipped cream. This bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea or coffee.