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.
Recently made a loaf. We devoured it. Not a crumb left. Delighted to share my recipe with you
EDITOR’S NOTE (June 14, 2020): PIN recipe here on Pinterest. Scroll down to watch video demonstration uploaded in Recipe Notes.
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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.
Every morning, I prepare my dear aunt’s breakfast. At least three times a week, she’ll request corn flakes with sliced bananas to enjoy with a cup of coffee.
Homegirl is particular about her bananas. No spots are allowed.
The first and only time I added a sliced banana with a few brown spots, she calmly explained that the brown spots were gross.
She also preferred the center of bananas to be light. Dark black streaks in the center should never be placed in her cereal bowl. “Yes ma’am!”
Ha! Made me laugh out loud. Also made me determined to save overripe bananas to make delicious banana bread. Thankfully, my dear aunt loves banana bread!! No complaints. Just don’t put overripe bananas in her corn flakes.
Fascinating how people like or dislike different types of food. Brown spots are very tasty to me.
I happen to love dark brown toast (looks charred). Hmmm… that’s off the subject a bit. LOL
Back to this smack-a-licious banana bread.
This is how it looks before placing in oven. Smells wonderful while baking.
Rises dramatically while baking. I love the rustic look. If your loaf comes out of the oven looking like the photo above (top of page), be encouraged. It is deeelicious!
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.