How to Make Banana Bread
Got overripe bananas? Before you toss those brown-spotted specimens in the trash or compost bin, you might want to dig out your loaf pans. If you're not sure how to make banana bread, you might not know that the ripest bananas--even those that have already turned brown--are the sweetest. That makes them hidden gems when it comes to baking. Many a banana bread aficionado has purposefully resisted eating perfectly good bananas for the purpose of saving them for this moist, delicious treat.

Since banana bread is a quick bread, it's easy to make--no need to fuss with yeast or waiting for the dough to rise. It's perfect as a snack or dessert, but perhaps pairs best with a fresh cup of coffee in the morning.

Transcript
Hi! It's Miranda with recipe.com and today I'm gonna share with you a perfect solution for those overripe bananas sitting on your counter. We are going to make a scrumptious walnut-filled banana bread today. So we have our ingredients all in up here and let's get started. We have about 5 medium bananas here that have been mashed. That's about a cup and a half of bananas and you definitely wanna make sure that they are ripe. Ripe bananas have that extra, extra sweetness that you know unripe bananas don't and of course it's very, very difficult to mash unripe bananas so make sure they're rip, mash those together. And then we also have 2 cups of all purpose flour. We have a half of the cup of cooking oil or melted butter or margarine. Today, we've used a half of cup canola oil. We also have 1 cup of sugar here, 2 eggs which have been beaten, a quarter of a cup of chopped walnuts. Then, we have one and a half teaspoons of baking powder, a half a teaspoon of baking soda, a quarter of a teaspoon salt, a quarter of a teaspoon of brown cinnamon, and lastly, we have an eight of a teaspoon of brown nutmeg. So, I'm going to begin by putting my dry ingredients together here in this mixing bowl, so just pop it all in and we're just gonna mix this together. We're just gonna use this little spatula or you can use like a wooden spoon. Just mix it all together and we're gonna make a well in the center so literally you're just gonna make a little well. See, to make space here. We are now gonna set this to the side. Okay, so I've got my bananas here and this is a large enough bowl that I can mix it all in here together, but if you had a smaller bowl you need to transfer this to like a medium-sized mixing bowl. So, I'm gonna add in my eggs and my oil and I'm gonna stir this together and I'm just gonna stir until this is all combined. Okay, so this is all perfectly combined. Now, I'm gonna pour this all at once into the center of the well here and I'm gonna stir it all together until the flour is perfectly moistened and everything is nice and mixed together. Always make sure you just keep scraping the sides and kind of folding it in so all of your flours having a chance to incorporate into this delicious banana mixture. Now, we're just gonna fold in our nuts so popped those in and just fold over. We don't wanna do a lot more mixing here. Okay. And now we are ready to spoon this in into this loaf pan if we greased it already. This is a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan so we're just gonna spoon this end and I grease the bottom in about like, you know, half an inch up the sides here. Get kind of any remaining here and just pop it in. Okay. So just smooth this out. Make sure that it's evenly distributed. Now, we're gonna pop it in the oven, which have been preheated at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes or until we can insert a toothpick and it comes out nice and clean. Okay, so my banana bread cooked for about 60 minutes. It smells so fantastic. I wish that you could just do like a little scratch and sniff on your screen. I've let it cool. Look how beautiful golden brown the top is. Now, what we're gonna do to loosen it? Pop it out of the pan. Let's just give it a little top like this and then just tip it over and see how beautifully it slides out. Now, if yours doesn't slide out usually for some reason, you could just use a spatula to help loosen that up, but look how gorgeous this banana bread loaf is. So tasty, smells fantastic. This would be amazing with a little bit of like melted butter on top of it or if you don't consume it right away, be sure to wrap it tightly and store it and then let me tell you it would be absolutely delicious tomorrow morning with a cup of coffee. So there you go so easy to make, so delicious. That's how you make banana bread. Thanks for watching and for more great recipes and savings, visit us at recipe.com.
What You'll Need
  • 2   cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8  teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2   eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2  cups mashed banana (5 medium)
  • 1   cup sugar
  • 1/2  cup cooking oil or melted butter or margarine
  • 1/4  cup chopped walnuts
  • 1   recipe Streusel-Nut Topping (optional)


Streusel-Nut Topping
  • 1/4  cup packed brown sugar

  • 3   tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2   tablespoons butter

  • 1/3  cup chopped walnuts


Step By Step
1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3-inch or two 7-1/2x3-1/2x2-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.
2
In a medium bowl combine eggs, banana, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in nuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan(s). If desired, sprinkle Streusel Topping over batter.
3
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes for 9x5x3-inch pan or 40 to 45 minutes for 7-1/2x3-1/2x2-inch pans or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean (if necessary, cover loosely with foil the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning). Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.
4
Makes 1 loaf (16 slices).

Streusel-Nut Topping
1
In a small bowl combine brown sugar and flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts.


Your bananas don't have to be overripe to make a good bread. But once you get a taste for how delectably they factor into how to make banana bread, you may find yourself purposefully looking for the ripest ones in the produce section.
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