Quick Banana Bread From Scratch

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Introduction: Quick Banana Bread From Scratch

Everyone has faced the problem of bringing home a bunch of green bananas and having them become over-ripe in what seems like minutes. While over ripe bananas are too mushy to carry around like a portable snack, there's no reason to waste them when with just a little butter, some flour, sugar, spices and an egg you can make delicious quick banana bread.
You'll need to gather the following: (everything should be about room temp)
  • 1 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour. (I use unbleached.)
  • 2 1/4 tsp double acting baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (may be omitted for low sodium diets)
  • 1/2 tsp good vanilla (not the weird fake stuff)
  • 1/3 cup butter (5.5 tbsp)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tbsp orange zest (or lemon zest)
  • 1 or 2 eggs. (I had jumbo eggs, so I used one. If you have small eggs, use two.)
  • 1-3 ripe bananas
  • spices to taste (I used (approximately) 1/8 tsp cardamom, 1/8 tsp ground clove, and about 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Ginger also works well in this recipe if you like ginger.)
  • Optional: Planetary mixer

Step 1: Bring on the Mixer!

1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (177 C)
2.) Cream butter, sugar, vanilla, and zest.
3.) Beat in eggs and banana until mixture is creamy, but not so long that it starts to separate.

Time may vary depending on mixer. Planetary mixers like mine will do this in under 90 seconds, hand mixers may take a lot longer.)
Scrape the sides back down, as needed before the next step.

Step 2: Add Dry Ingredients

Add flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Beat the batter until smooth and silky looking. (Again, time will vary depending on your mixer. In mine it takes just a couple of minutes.)
At this point, if you want to add nuts or other fruit, fold in up to 1/2 cup broken nutmeats or dried fruit.
Once your batter has reached this stage, you can give the beater to your assistant, should you have one. (I have a kitchen Igor.They're expensive, but incredibly useful.)

Step 3: Pour Into Greased Pan and Bake

I grease my pan by rubbing the wax paper that held the butter all over the pan, but any greasing method works.You don't need to flour the pan like you do for traditional breads.You can if you want, it won't hurt anything, but quick breads don't gain the same benefit as yeast breads do.
Pop the pan in your preheated oven, and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. When the top is golden and a knife will slide in and out cleanly, it's done.

Step 4: Cool, Cut and Eat

Allow the bread to cool a bit before cutting, it will create a much moister bread, and you won't burn your fingers.It will also crumble less.
Racks are optional, I just happen to have some.
Cut with a bread knife. Cut some for everyone else, or you'll have to hold them off with said bread knife.
Spread with butter, or peanut butter, fruit butters, or nothing at all.
Eat!
Yum!

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    I just made this... YUM!

    I just tripled this recipe with about 8 bananas, and I am very thrilled with the results so far, that is, licking the bowl. Well done.

    Okay, so I realize that it's been a while since anyone posted here, but I'm about to give this yummy banana bread a shot, i'm gonna use only one banana since I only have one, and it's my first time with banana bread, so if I mess up, it will be as small a mess up as possible!

    I was planning on using 1/3 cup honey, 1/3 cup brown sugar , instead of 2/3 regular sugar. Do you figure that will be okay?

    I will post the results,
    Thank you soapy hollow!!!!!!!

    I'm sure it'll be fine. The honey will make the bread a little more dense, but since it's a quick bread, it's a really forgiving recipe. Hope it was yummy!

    Looks like a wonderful recipe.  I jsut wonder if by using an electric mixer you aren't over mixing the batter.  I mix my batter breads with a spatula just until incorporated.  I make a tropical variation of banana bread using bananas, coconut, pineapple, applesauce, cherries and nuts that is wonderful!  Tropical Banana Nut Bread

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    incredibly delicious!

    Incredible recipe!! I added some chocolate chips, and it was soooooo good!

    so where will I find this recipe now?

    Drop me a message with an email address and I'll mail it to you. :)

    Can I use regular baking powder? Or does it have t be double acting baking powder?