Banana bread is simple to make, you can make it before dinner and enjoy it for dessert, or let the kids help on a lazy Saturday afternoon. It makes a tasty breakfast treat or a fulfilling snack. My favorite way to enjoy it is warmed in the microwave a few seconds and slathered with whipped cream cheese. Whether it be -10 or 80 F where you live, I hope this banana bread will make your house smell cozy and delicious very soon, enjoy!
Recipe from Cook's Illustrated March 1998.
Step 1: Gather Ingredients
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
10 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 1/4 cups toasted walnuts, chopped coarse (about 1 cup)
2 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, a heaping 1/2 cup, grated (I used Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips)
3 very ripe bananas, soft, darkly speckled
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 large eggs, beaten lightly
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Step 2: Prepare Batter
Bake bananas on rimmed baking sheet until skins are completely black, about 20 minutes, flipping bananas once during baking. (Do not turn off oven.) Cool bananas completely, peel, and mash with potato masher until smooth. Measure 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas and discard any excess.
Grease bottom only of regular loaf pan, or grease and flour bottom and sides of nonstick 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; set aside.
Combine first five ingredients and chocolate together in large bowl; set aside.
Mix mashed bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter, and vanilla with wooden spoon in medium bowl. Lightly fold banana mixture into dry ingredients with rubber spatula until just combined and batter looks thick and chunky.
Step 3: Bake, Cool, and Enjoy
Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Banana bread, covered tightly with plastic wrap, can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.