Homemade Banana Bread is tender, moist and loaded with banana flavor. Easy to make with simple ingredients. Delicious warm or cold. Tastes even better after 24 hours in the fridge.
On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, I had a taste for banana bread (again). This time, I tried something different.
EDITOR’S NOTE (March 25, 2021): Added two new photos. See video demonstration in recipe notes at end of page. Updated the recipe and instructions. PIN here on Pinterest.
First, I poured the batter into a slightly larger loaf pan that measures 10″ Long x 5″ Wide and 2-1/2″ deep.
In the second and final step, I sliced one overripe banana lengthwise and placed the slices across the top of the batter.
I was inspired to do this after seeing several images online of baked banana bread with two banana slices on top. The rustic and delicious appearance made me want to give it a try.
DISCLAIMER (NOT SPONSORED): I have not been paid to endorse pictured products. Delighted to share what I used to make this delicious dessert.
A key ingredient is fresh baking soda. Test before using. Drop 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/4 cup of vinegar. It is fresh if it fizzes vigorously. Do not use if it fizzes lightly or not at all.
This is the banana bread batter in the greased loaf pan. Smells wonderful while baking!
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If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, try a substitute or omit the ingredient.
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