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The Best Banana Bread

by matkonation | 04.11.12

By: Danya Weiner

Deanna and I disagree over and over again in regards to recipes we post on the blog. Deanna likes classic recipes-finding the absolute best recipe of something classic to post. I, on the other hand, always say to her “so, where’s the catch here?” “what makes this recipe special/different?”.  She usually gets annoyed with me and tells me that not every recipe needs a special twist.

Actually, Deanna’s right. When I think about the recipes I use over and over and over again, I understand that those recipes tend to always been classics without any sort of manipulation. I know that it is our responsibility to provide our readers with the best possible recipe for a food we love.

It was this reason which led me on a search for THE best banana bread recipe. I’ve been making banana bread for years now, but I still haven’t found the perfect recipe-not too dry, not too oily, not too sweet.

In light of our extremely popular Carrot Cake post, I decided to go back to the amazing book from which that recipe came. The book is called “Breakfast Lunch Tea”, by the Rose Bakery in Paris. There I found a recipe for banana bread, tried and it came out just how I like it- moist with a slight sweetness.

With a few slight changes, I think I’ve found my classic banana bread recipe.

Banana Bread

The level of sweetness of this cake is dependent on two things-your personal desired level of sweetness and the ripeness and sweetness of the bananas themselves. If you are using bananas which aren’t super ripe, and you like sweet banana bread, you may have to add some sugar.

Ingredients for 2 loaf pans:

5 oz./150 grams butter, softened

1 cup sugar

3 eggs, at room temperature

3-4 very ripe bananas, smashed

½ cup buttermilk or plain yogurt

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2⅓ cups all-purpose flour, sifted

3.5 oz/100 grams walnuts, coarsely chopped

3.5 oz./100 grams dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Butter the sides of the pans and then line with parchment paper.
  2. Using a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk together the butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes, until light and creamy. Continue whisking and add the eggs, one by one, until combined. Add the bananas and buttermilk and continue mixing until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the baking soda, salt and flour.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the batter until combined, making sure not to over-work the batter. Add the walnut and chocolate and gently mix to combine.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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