Back where I come from, bread is bread or more like pita bread. Banana bread is not something I grew up eating and it was one of the first quick bread recipes that I ever tried to bake. Whether this is your first time making banana bread or the hundredth time, this recipe will sure make everyone happy and make your little one want to reach for a second slice.
Growing up in a Middle Eastern culture, I haven’t been exposed to any baking that involved banana. Bananas were very expensive and not easily accessible. Back in the day, we were only able to buy local fruit and whatever was in season. As far as tropical fruit goes, occasionally, we were able to buy oranges. My father would return home from work with a bag of bananas and that was our treat for the day. Not until I moved to Canada and discovered that bananas are one of those cheap ripe fruit sold in every grocery store across the nation.
I frequently ended up having too many over-ripe bananas and I didn’t know what to do with them. One day I came across Laura Vitale’s Banana Bread recipe and was very interested to try it out. I didn’t stop there but rather went in search for the perfect simple banana bread recipe. I found one and its not my recipe. This recipe comes courtesy of food.com and I made a few changes to it to suit our Middle Eastern taste buds. I love this recipe so much because it only requires few ingredients and you will end up with moist and delicious banana bread.
Banana bread is one of those classic recipes that is so easy to make but you shouldn’t mess with. The basic recipe is moist and full of banana flavor. You can toss in a cup of chopped nuts, or chocolate chips if you want. You can even go a step further and pour the batter into muffin tins to make banana muffins.
For best results, remember that the bananas must be ripe, over-ripe is even better. Also, DO NOT over mix the batter and make sure that the heat in the oven is evenly distributed. Now tell me, have you had Banana Bread growing up and if so what memories does it elicit? Share your stories 🙂
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 4 bananas, mashed
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- A pinch of ground cardamom
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cardamom in a bowl and set aside
- Cream butter, sugar and eggs together. Stir in crushed bananas into the mixture and continue mixing
- Gradually add dry mixture until everything is well combined
- Stir in chopped walnuts and mix well. Pour the batter into greased and floured loaf pans
- Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until a tooth pick is inserted into the center and comes out clean
- Let it cool down completely before serving