This time of year I always seem to get bit by the baking bug. I'm sure it's the same for lots of folks. What with the holidays right around the corner and a chill in the air it's time to dust off my baking skills (which are negligible) and fire up the oven. I've been craving banana bread. Not to mention I've got a bunch of bananas in the freezer I'd like to use up. I've been experimenting for years with different banana bread recipes, trying to find "The One". While there are hundreds of recipes out there I finally settled on the one I'm going to share with you today. I've made this one several times over the past couple of years and it makes a couple of wonderful loaves of yummyness.
3 1/2 cups of All-Purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter ( or sub 1 cup of shortening if you'd rather)
2 1/2 cups of very ripe mashed bananas
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease two 9x5 loaf pans.
In a big bowl beat the butter and gradually add your sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Stir in mashed banana's and vanilla.
In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Blend into the banana batter. If you want to add nuts, now is the time. Divide the batter between the two greased pans.
Pop it into the hot oven. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the center of the loaves comes out clean.
Here's where I like to start a pot of coffee and pour me a cup. Cut a slice of banana bread and enjoy it with a hot cup of coffee just to make sure it's done. Cut another slice to double check for quality control. Then and only then consider maybe... just maybe... sharing with the rest of the family.