As a grocery-shopper with good intentions, I always find myself tossing a few banana’s in my cart to make me feel a bit better about the large varieties of chips and sweets! It never fails, that I look up several days later and find my banana’s turning a rather unappealing shade of brown. Times like these make me so thankful for my great-grandmother’s delicious banana bread recipe! I’ve never met a person who doesn’t love this recipe and it’s almost impossible to mess up.
One of my favorite parts of the recipe is that it requires ingredients that “most” have readily available. I always keep them in my pantry just in case I have 3 bananas who decided to ripen before I could eat them! The recipe calls for:
1/2 Cup Butter
1 teaspoon of Baking Soda
1 Cup of Sugar
1 and 1/2 Cups Flour
3-4 Ripe Bananas
In regards to these ingredients, the more ripe the banana’s the sweeter they are. I’ve made this recipe with 2 bananas or 4, it really doesn’t make a ton of difference! My nana swears by waiting until her bananas are black but mostly black bananas seem to do just fine!
Mix butter, sugar and eggs first! Add your other dry ingredients next (flour and baking soda) then add bananas after mashing them. After gently mixing all of your ingredients, pour them into a small greased baking dish. I usually spray the dish or a take a bit of excess butter and rub it along the base to prevent sticking.
Baking is the tricky part! Depending on your oven and other forces beyond your control, it may take longer or less time to bake your banana bread. I start baking at 350 degrees for 50 minutes and then check to see if my banana bread is done. To check done-ness, I gently cut down the middle with a knife or puncture it with a fork. If it comes out clean, your bread is done! It usually takes a little more than 50 minutes so I check it every 5 or 10 minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn or overcook. After it’s done, attempt to let it cool and then slice to your liking!
Let me know if you gave my recipe a try or tag me in your favorite family recipes! I always love to gain a new tool when it comes to the kitchen. Hopefully my post could inspire some of you all to make something yummy out of those old bananas!