Wizardnm - your Banana Bread rocks!

calilooDecember 3, 2010

I had a couple of VERY ripe bananas languishing in the fruit bowl, so I decided Banana *something* was in order. As I perused my online recipe collection, I ran across your Banana Bread recipe. Now I really like the recipe I have used for years from the Fanny Farmer cookbook, but I have to hand it to you - your recipe is even more moist and really is fantastic

Thanks so much for sharing it and I am SO glad I finally tried it!

Alexa

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lindac

You should never ever praise a recipe without adding a copy of that recipe to your post!!
Now I have to go look and see if I have a copy of that recipe.
Linda C

    Bookmark   December 3, 2010 at 9:49AM
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caliloo

Sorry!!! HEre it is!

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BANANA BREAD
Best Recipe Cook's Illustrated
Recipe Introduction
Here's the recipe I used for years at the deli. We made 10 loaves at a time, never had any that didn't sell. We did it with nuts and with out the nuts. Even after making thousands of loaves, I still love banana bread. It's best to use very, very ripe bananas. I draw the line when I see mold. I remember goofing once and adding twice the amount of butter, it was very rich that time, a little over the top.
You can use plain yogurt as the recipe calls for or buttermilk, but we often didn't have either so we very often used whole milk with a teaspoon of vinegar stirred into it. You couldn't tell the difference.
List of Ingredients

2 C unbleached AP flour
þ C sugar
þ tsp baking soda
ý tsp salt
1 C chopped walnuts (toasted if you have time)
3 very ripe bananas, mashed well
ü C plain yogurt (buttermilk or sour milk works also as noted above)
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
6 Tabsp butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla
Recipe
Preheat oven to 350ð. Grease and flour bread pan.
Whisk dry ingredients together in a large bowl, stir in walnuts.
In a medium bowl mix together bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter and vanilla.
Add wet ingredients to the dry, mixing gently with a spatula, just to combine, batter should look lumpy. You don't want to over mix. Scrape batter into loaf pan.
Bake about 55 minutes, until loaf is golden and a toothpick comes out almost clean. It can have a crumb or two, but you don't want wet showing on the toothpick.
Cool about 5 min., then turn out of pan to finish cooling on a wire rack.
Makes 1- 9" loaf.
Nancy

    Bookmark   December 3, 2010 at 10:08AM
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dedtired

Thanks for sharing this one. I have never found the perfect BB recipe. I like moist, dense and strong banana flavor. I'll try this one.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2010 at 10:20AM
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wizardnm

Alexa, I'm glad you finally tried it. Doubly glad you like it!

Nancy

    Bookmark   December 3, 2010 at 10:38AM
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beachlily z9a

You cannot go wrong with this recipe! It does rock!

    Bookmark   December 3, 2010 at 11:05AM
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mustangs81

This is timely as I have 5 VERY ripe nanas and a carton of banana yogurt.

Thanks

    Bookmark   December 3, 2010 at 11:14AM
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loves2cook4six

My 11 year old ds just made this and says it's the best banana bread he has ever eaten. TFS

    Bookmark   January 20, 2011 at 10:45PM
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judithva

Maybe it is my computer.. but the amounts in the recipe above for the sugar, baking soda, salt are not reading as an actual number measurement, could you please check for me because I would really like to make this bread
thanks!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 7:12AM
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wizardnm

GW doesn't seem to like the coding for fractions any more...

3/4 C sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

L2C6, I hope your DS also enjoyed licking the spatula!
I'm glad the bread turned out.

Nancy

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 7:41AM
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judithva

Thanks Nancy for fixing the measures for me! I am excited to make this, I love banana bread.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 8:12AM
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mustangs81

Now that this thread has come up again--I remember that I made two loaves and one is still in the freezer--yippee!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 8:40AM
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beachlily z9a

Wonderful stuff! It's my go-to recipe now. I have some frozen bananas that will be used shortly!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 8:50AM
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ArabellaMiller

It's a good banana bread day - I'm going to assign this to my 12 year old. I'm guessing he'll add chocolate chips, he adds chocolate chips to just about everything he bakes.

Thanks!
AM

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 10:07AM
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Cynic

If you're having trouble seeing the fractions, go to View - Encoding then set it for Unicode UTF8. That takes care of most of the problems. (This is how you change it in Opera, if you have a different browser, just go to where you set the default encoding and set it to Unicode UTF8 and you should be fine)

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 2:04PM
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blizlady

Thanks cynic for that tip! I just made that change in View and the fractions now show up without that A in front of them!

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 2:48PM
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terri_pacnw

Printing now...and off to the kitchen...

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 5:07PM
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jessyf

My kids don't like bananas, can I sub applesauce?

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 8:00PM
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terri_pacnw

You know Jessica, you probably could but....Strain it over night so that it's very thick.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 9:22PM
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jessyf

Hmmm I can try that, thanks!

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 11:05PM
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caminnc

What's AP flour? Is it a brand? BB Bread sounds wonderful.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 9:34AM
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beachlily z9a

AP flour is all-purpose flower. Available in all consumer brands.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 10:00AM
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terri_pacnw

I used a full stick..didn't want to "cut" it. LOL

I took a bite..very buttery very moist..Hubby likes it!

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 12:46PM
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ci_lantro

I made this tonight & it's over half gone already & the bread is still warm! Guys are raving about it. Thank you for a great recipe.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2011 at 11:18PM
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amck2

I tried this last night - Delicious!
I've had so many versions of blah, dry banana bread I'd forgotten how a good one could taste. DH had his warm slice topped with a scoop of ice cream.
Thanks for posting. This recipe is a keeper.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2011 at 4:55PM
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dgkritch

I have to chime in too! I made this today and agree, it is AWESOME!

Because it's against my nature to actually follow a recipe, I made the following substitutions:

1/2 whole wheat pastry flour
1 c. Splenda and 1/2 C. brown sugar (I made a double recipe, BTW, not doubled the sweetener!!)
5 bananas total
I went with Terri's suggestion and used the whole (8T.) cube of butter. More butter couldn't be bad, right?
And I had some dry roasted pumpkin seeds that "needed using", so I subbed for the walnuts.

Still fantastic!

Thanks Nancy, this one's going in my keeper file!

Deanna

    Bookmark   January 30, 2011 at 12:52AM
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terri_pacnw

I think I'll make some more tomorrow (have to pull some naners from the freezer)...

And sub in the WW Pastry Flour.

I don't use nuts in mine so it's a dense moist bread.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2011 at 2:40PM
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murphy_zone7

Totally Agree!!! This is THE best banana bread ever.
Made it yesterday. Doubled the recipe and baked in a tube pan. Almost like cake but much better than banana cake. Wonderful Stuff.
Thanks so much for posting and sharing.
Murphy

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 5:07AM
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chase_gw

This is on my to do list Tuesday, suppose to be a big snow storm and baking sounds like the remedy!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 7:49AM
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shaun

I made it and I think it's the best I've ever had. It was gone the day it was made.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 8:01AM
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sally2_gw

The only way I can stand to eat bananas is in banana bread. I'll have to copy and paste this recipe and give it a try.

Thanks!

Sally

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 8:50AM
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mustangs81

I made this back in December when the recipe surfaced and I froze one loaf. I defrosted it yesterday and made French toast this morning. Talk about rocking!!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 9:12AM
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terri_pacnw

oooh french toast..what a great idea Cathy!

I made a double batch yesterday and subbed 1/2 WWPastry..just a touch darker loaf..but texture is the same.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 12:29PM
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murphy_zone7

I evidently have lived a very sheltered life....never ever thought of french toast made with homemade banana bread.....my goodness, just how good can any one thing be???? great great idea!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 6:27AM
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chase_gw

French toast banna bread...oh yum! Definitely making some today while I'm housebound by Mother Nature.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 8:43AM
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mustangs81

I had not thought about French toast with Banana Bread either until I had it years ago at our office cafeteria. I had made friends with the cafeteria manager so I asked about the BB FT that I had just eaten. She said that they went overboard on the BB so she asked the staff to use the extra BB creatively. I told her I hoped it would be a regular item; no such luck so I began making it at home.

I cut the BB thick, soak it in the egg/cream mixture, fry in butter, finish it in the oven.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 12:11PM
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wizardnm

BB FT...great idea. I'm thinking BB FT with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with hot fudge. Would be a wonderful dessert!

I'll buy bananas on the next grocery store visit.....

Nancy

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 1:21PM
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petra_gw

I have to add to the praise. I baked it yesterday and even hubby, the banana bread hater, likes it a lot. Hub is allergic to walnuts, so I subbed with chopped, toasted almonds. And I didn't have any yogurt, so I subbed sour cream. Delicious!!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2011 at 2:15PM
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papanda

Is that just 1/4 c. yogurt?

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 7:12AM
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calimama

Wow! The best banana bread recipe I had involved more butter and chocolate chips. I made this one on Tuesday, actually I made muffins, and only baked for 19 minutes with the convection on. They rocked!!! I am so glad to have found a recipe that is lower fat and chocolate content that the family all agrees on. Thank you!!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 9:29PM
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caliloo

I didn't want to hijack the lemon blueberry thread, so I hope lucypwd sees this one......

bumping!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2011 at 1:53PM
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mammie15

I'm wanting to try this recipe but not sure of the amount of yogurt. Is that 1/4 Cup? TIA

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 9:47PM
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dedtired

Looks like 1/4 cup to me.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 10:02PM
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wizardnm

Yes, it is 1/4 C yogurt. I hope you enjoy it.

Nancy

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 10:05PM
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mammie15

I'm sure we will love it. Thanks!

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 9:08AM
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puzzlefan

Interesting, the Cooks Illustrated/Americas Test Kitchen recipe that I have calls for 5 ripe large bananas heated in the microwave with the juices formed drained off. Not sure it can be that big a difference.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2011 at 1:11PM
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dedtired

Why drain the juices? Seems like you'd lose a lot of banana flavor. I made this yesterday and it is YUM! I'd consider throwing in another very ripe banana to make it even more moist and dense.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2011 at 6:51PM
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bonesoda

The draining of juices and using the reduced juice will give you a more dense "bread" texture and won't be as soft as a bread with whole bananas in it.

We usually make one that has whole bananas no yogurt and one less egg and use chocolate chunks (baking semi sweet).

Walnut quality is important as well - better if toasted with salt.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 12:24AM
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