Its been so long since I have written on my blog, or at least that is how two months felt like to me! Here I am back to my beloved hobby!
Today I will be sharing a really simple Banana Bread recipe, but improved from the old one. Now now, it’s not that the old one was lousy! I just felt that I wanted something slightly less sweet and less dense, and as such I have made some improvements to it. It is up to you to figure it out but I think it will not be very difficult to!
As per usual, do take note that Banana Bread is actually more of a pound-cake like texture and is not actual bread where yeast is involved. So if you are looking for that bread bread, move along, and I am sorry to disappoint you.
For those who know what I am talking about, well, look on!
I really love this recipe and it has never failed me thus far, and I know it will not fail you, else I wouldn’t have recommended this secret of mine to you!
It is so naturally and lovably sweet, without being too sickly so. What I mean by that is that the sweetness is just right and it doesn’t leave that tiresome artificially sweet aftertaste. You will know what I mean best when you have eaten some of those commercial Banana Breads! How dare they compete with what we can make at home, right? Okay but I must admit that there are really good commercial ones too!
One thing I made compulsory here compared to the previous recipe is the addition of nuts. It really improves this Banana Bread. I know nuts can be expensive, but any nut will do actually! The most common one is walnut but I am just going with what I have in my refrigerator, and almond so it will be! It just adds a nice, earthy dimension to it.
Apart from which, I really love the natural sweetness from overripe bananas, and I always feel that you can never have too many bananas on hand!
In case you are wondering too, why didn’t I take down the earlier Banana Bread Recipe, it’s simply because it depends on my mood on which one I enjoy more, but I like both equally!
Before I forget, here’s a close up on the cross section to show you how moist it is. Talking about it is making me really hungry right now in the middle of the night!
I think I have done enough yakking, so here it is, the recipe!
Improved Banana Bread
by Javier Tan June-10-2018
This improved Banana Bread is a perfect breakfast and tea item, for anyone and everyone! Note that a hand mixer will make this recipe even simpler!
- 1 and 3/4 Cups or 200g All Purpose Flour, Sifted unless using a mixer.
- 1/2 Cup + 2 Tablespoons or 125g White Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon or 6g Baking Soda
- 1/4 Teaspoon or 1.4g Table Salt
- 1/2 Cup or 115g Unsalted Butter, Melted and Cooled
- 2 Large Egg, each weiging 55 to 60g, at room temperature
- 1/3 Cup or 80ml Milk, at room temperature
- 2.5ml or 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Medium Large Bananas, Mashed, total about 180g or slightly more than 1/2 cup
- 1/8 Teaspoon or a pinch of Cinnamon.
- 1 Cup of Nuts of your choice ( I am using almonds, which is about 140g, chopped according to how you like it! )
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C and line your loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving overhangs. I am using a 9 x 5 inches loaf pan.
- Mix together the melted butter with the sugar until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add in the two eggs and mix well.
- Add in the vanilla extract, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and stir well.
- Add in the mashed bananas and milk and stir until well incorporated ( a single uniform mixture is formed ).
- Add in the sifted all purpose flour and the nuts and stir well until the flour has just dissolved.
- Pour into your loaf pan and tap against the counter a few times to even out the mixture and to get rid of excess air.
- Bake at 180 degrees C for about 50-55 minutes or until nicely golden brown where a toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean.
- Prep time: 15 mins
- Cook time: 55 mins
- Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
- Yield: 1 Loaf
- You can add an additional banana if you like a stronger taste.
- Can be kept at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days. I am using a ziploc bag to ensure that it is absolutely airtight.
- Sifting is not required if you are using a hand mixer!
- If you would like to be updated for more recipes, do check out my Instagram, Facebook Page, or YouTube 🙂 Thank you so much for all of your support!
- Sorry for any discrepancies in information, typos etc. Getting a little rusty with blogging after my hiatus but will try to improve 🙂
Bakeomaniac, Javier Tan!