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Banana Bread

Banana bread is such an easy bread to make. It’s basically just a wet mix that you bake right up – there’s none of that kneading, or rising, or other cumbersome steps you go through on a typical bread. Plus it’s a great way to use up some old bananas – – – not to mention you get the benefit of making your house smell amazing and making all of your neighbors jealous when they realize where the smell is coming from!

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This is another recipe I use on my bread machine. I’m not sure how to convert it if you don’t have a bread machine, and I’m sure you could easily make this in your oven with a quick mix of the ingredients and then a bake in the oven, I just don’t know the actual times and temperature. I got this recipe almost exactly from the Cuisinart Recipe Booklet that came with my bread machine – this isn’t one of my own inventions, but I wanted to share the recipe with you in case you didn’t have the luxury of having such a handy book come with your bread machine.

The ingredient quantities for this loaf will make a Medium sized loaf, or a 1.5 pounder. I actually like to pull this particular bread out of the machine a few minutes before the timer goes off because I find that it burns very easily and I don’t care for a crispy crust on my banana breads.

Banana Bread
Ingredients:
(Place ingredients into bread machine in this order:)
1/3 cup + 1 TBSP Buttermilk, 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit  (forget to get buttermilk? simply pour add 1 TBSP vinegar to milk and let it set for 10 minutes!)
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, 1/2 inch pieces at room temp
2 Eggs, large, at room temp
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/4 cup Mashed Bananas (approx 3 medium bananas)
3/4 tsp Salt
1 cup Granulated Sugar
2 cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda

Directions:
1. Spray your bread pan and kneading paddle with Pam Spray or similar.
2. Place ingredients, in order listed, in greased bread pan.
3. Place in bread machine and select Quick Bread/Cake option and Medium loaf or 1/5lb loaf for size. I like to cook my banana bread on the ‘light’ crust cycle and take it out a few minutes early like I said above, but you can cook to taste.

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