Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mamma's Banana Bread

My mom makes the best banana bread, hands down.  It's always perfectly moist with just the right amount of sweetness.  It's a simple recipe, there are no secret ingredients, but it just works.  Maybe my love for this rendition has something to do with the comfort of being home but I'd be surprised if any other critic found it short of amazing. 

Remember I said it's simple?  I know it's probably breaking some cardinal rule of baking but you just add all the ingredients at once and mix.  There's no mixing of dry and wet ingredients separately, gradual incorporation, etc.  Maybe one day I'll try it out using more traditional methods but it's hard to find a reason to when the outcome is this good.  Enjoy!


3 or 4 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1 large egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).  Butter your loaf pan.
2. (If you've forgotten already) Mix it all together using wooden spoon. 
3. Pour into buttered pan and bake for 1 hour. Cool completely on wire rack.  Voila, so easy!


  1. I love the use of vanilla, I'm sure it adds quite a bit to the banana. Banana bread was a favorite of mine growing up.

  2. Just a tip, I would generally put this in the microwave to reheat, but I was pleasantly surprised on how wonderful the bread would taste if it was put back in the oven for a couple of minutes instead.

    Great recipe!

  3. Thanks! It really does make a difference! It's probably a good thing we don't have a microwave!



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