The best banana bread recipe: it's my mom's recipe and is great for using overripe bananas. It's easy and so delicious.
Keyword banana, bread
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 45minutes
Total Time 1hour
Author Dorothy Kern
1cup(200g) granulated sugarplus more for the pan
½cup(113g) salted buttersoftened (plus more for the pan)
2medium tired bananasbrown spotted
7tablespoons(103ml) sour milksee note
2cups(248g) all-purpose flourspooned and leveled
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9x5x3” loaf pan with butter and coat it with sugar. (You do this like you would grease and flour a pan. Grease it first, then add about 2 tablespoons sugar to the pan and move the pan side to side until the bottom and sides are coated with sugar. Do NOT substitute cooking spray for the butter. You can skip the sugaring and just use cooking spray, if you wish.)
Cream butter and sugar with a hand mixer. Set aside.
Add bananas, eggs, milk, and baking soda to a blender jar and blend until smooth.
Pour half the banana mixture into the butter mixture with 1 cup of flour. Mix with hand mixer until just incorporated, then add the remaining banana mixture and flour. Mix until just incorporated. Stir in nuts if using them. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs. The edges will be a dark brown and there will be a nice crack down the center.
Cool completely before removing loaf from pan, but you can cut slices from the pan after it’s cooled for about 15-20 minutes.
In place of the sour milk you can use:
1/2 teaspoon vinegar + 7 tablespoons milk or nonfat milk
Unsalted butter: add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the recipe
Gluten-Free 1:1 AP Flour - use equal parts
Whole Wheat Flour: use 1 cup each whole wheat and AP flour
Oil: substitute 1/2 cup vegetable oil for the butter
Pan: Use an 8x4-inch loaf pan and make just 1-2 muffins along side
Don't want to use a blender? Mash your bananas with a fork. Cream butter and sugar as directed, then add mashed bananas, eggs, milk, vinegar (if using), baking soda, and salt (if using) and mix with your mixer, then add flour.Add-ins: add up to 1 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips.