Maybe it’s because I’m officially in my 3rd trimester and I’ve started ‘nesting’ but I had the sudden urge to bake banana bread the other day. And my grandma used to make THE BEST banana bread. My mom still had the recipe (which was handwritten on a piece of paper) so I thought I’d do her the honour and put it on the world wide web!
What I love about this recipe is how crispy the outer layer of the loaf is, and how soft and, uhhh…..well, the m word (not a fan) the inside is! It’s so spongey and good.
JUST LOOK AT IT!
250g unsalted butter
1 cup of sugar
2 mashed bananas
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 cups of flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb
Firstly, you’re going to want to pre heat the oven to 180C; for all my American friends, that’s 350F.
Then you mix together the softened butter and sugar until it becomes kind of thick and creamy. Next, mush up the two bananas with a fork and slowly beat them into the mixture. Beat together the eggs and milk and then combine that with the rest of the mix. Once combined, slowly add in the 2 cups of flour. Then lastly add in the 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp bicarb and mix well until all ingredients are combined.
Once the batter becomes ‘cake’ like, you can go ahead and pour it into a standard size loaf tray. If you want to, you can grease it up beforehand, I didn’t because honestly, I’m lazy and who has time for that.
Then all you do, is pop the loaf into the oven for an hour, making sure you check it every now and then with a fork or skewer. Once the fork/skewer comes out fully dry, you’re banana bread is done – woop woop.
Before you go nuts with slicing and dicing and eating it, you might want to let it sit for a bit to cool. This means it’ll be less crumbly when you do chop it up.
And voila! Just like that, you’ve got (in my opinion) the best banana bread at your finger tips. Pro tip, this pairs really well with some butter. I like to toast mine a lil bit first and then add the butter. MMMMMMMM seriously winning at life.
Printable / simplified recipe is below for all you foodies out there.
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- 250g unsalted butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 mashed bananas
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp bicarb
- Preheat the oven to 180C (350F)
- Mix together the butter and sugar until a creamy texture forms
- Add the two mashed bananas, and mix well
- Beat in the eggs and milk
- Slowly mix in the 2 cups of flour
- Add 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp bicarb
- Mix until all ingredients are well combined
- Pour into a loaf dish
- Bake for 1 hour, or until a skewer stick comes out dry
- Let it sit for 10 mins to cool before serving