Monday, February 28, 2011

Banana Bread

Everyone's made banana bread before, right? Um, not me. Not until this past week. As a matter of fact, I'd never even tasted it. *Gasp*

But then, a couple of Saturdays ago, we hung out with an old friend and his girlfriend and she gifted us with a banana walnut loaf to take home. I was hooked. Hooked, I tells ya.

When we ran out, I eyed the bananas on top of my refrigerator and decided to try my hand at it. I had no walnuts in the house, so I made the first one with pecans:

It was really tasty, but dried out by Day 2. Steve suggested adding another banana the next time, both for flavor and moisture. I did and it worked beautifully. I had also bought walnuts by then, so, voila:

Absolutely delicious. Moist, with a much more intense fruit and nut flavor than the first. I ate three pieces yesterday morning and could have had more if I didn't practice some restraint.

Banana Bread


4 bananas
1 stick of butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 to 1 1/2 cups roughly chopped walnuts or pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mash bananas. Pour melted butter into the bananas and mix well. Add egg, sugar, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and stir to incorporate. Finally, add the flour and mix until just combined. Fold in walnuts or pecans.

Pour batter into a buttered loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack. Pop bread out, place on a serving platter and slice.


I'm not reinventing the wheel here. Like I said above, everyone makes banana bread, right? The one difference between mine and most, though, is that I use fresh bananas instead of ones about to go bad. Of course, if you know me, the idea that I plan all my food, even banana bread, shouldn't surprise you. Everything with intent and organization and all that jazz.


TomboCheck said...

One of those dishes that I seem to have absolutely no restraint with. When it's in a house, even if I'm not invited to eat it, I find myself shoveling hole slices into my mouth. Apologies fly as I am eventually caught out, and then smiles as I keep eating it and offer to make them a new one.

Be glad I'm not in your neck of the woods right now! :)

Julia said...

You said you use fresh bananas not old/black ones. Obviously, people use old ones as a way to avoid waste. Not that you asked, I see nothing wrong with using yellow bananas for banana bread. But you got me thinking... I wonder what the taste and textural difference is? Did you notice?

Melissa said...

Well I can't really say I'm glad you're not around, Tom. ;) But I understand your greed - I feel like I've been missing out all my life. I am addicted to this stuff.

Julia, I can't really say. I only tried my friend's banana bread, and the two I made and I didn't really a huge difference between the three save for the moistness of the most recent one, in which I used 4 bananas.

Pam said...

Great minds think alike right? Yours looks fantastic... I love the added walnuts.

Catalyst said...

Melissa - Check out the Banana Chocolate Chip Upside Down Cake I made this week!

Cali ʚϊɞ said...

ok, see? i've been wanting this since i saw your fb post this morning... i'm a huge fan of banana bread!
i've never really thought about the yellow vs. brown bananas thing before, but i suppose there isn't much you can do with brown bananas.
i've been trying to stay away from the carbs lately, but this has got me in it's grasp. you know, i might *have* to try your recipe out for research purposes. *wink*

Melissa said...

Catalyst - how lovely to see you here! :) And your cake looks amazing. A-MA-ZING.

Cali, you should. ;) I'm already itching to make another one with my new bananas. That I bought to, um, have before work, for good health. Mm hm.

Blair said...

Which turned out to taste better, walnuts or pecans? If you're on a banana bread kick now, we have a great collection of banana bread recipes on



Melissa said...

Thanks Blair. And honestly, I loved them both!!