I love banana bread. All six of us love banana bread. I made five mini loaves at Surfer Boy’s house last weekend along with four dozen chocolate chip cookies. SB wrapped presents, and I baked. It was quiet. It was just us.
I decided to post my banana bread recipe because even though banana bread seems so easy to some, I have had my fair share of raw centers, dry bread, and over-cooked bottoms. I have been making banana bread for years and years. I used to give it as gifts at my Christmas party for friends and to family on Christmas day. I have discovered that the key to cooking it perfect is at 325 (low and slow), and a 1/2 cup sour cream to keep it moist and tender. Hmm, can bread be tender?
Here is how I did it and the recipe follows: Of course I am missing one ingredient in this picture and that would be the vanilla. I included said vanilla in pictures below.
Prepare pans and heat oven to 325.
Stir until combined.
Set aside flour mixture and in another bowl cream together butter and sugar with a mixer.
Add eggs, one at a time until combined.
Add 1/2 the sour cream. Mix the other 1/2 of the flour, and the last 1/2 of sour cream.
Add bananas to batter and mix to combine.
Fill each pan about 1/2 way
2 cups Flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking power
1 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1-1/2 c bananas (approx 3-4 bananas)
1 tablespoon lemon
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 and prepare pans with butter or non-stick spray. Mix flour, baking soda, baking power, and salt in a bowl and set aside. Cream together with a mixer butter and sugar. Add one egg at a time and mix until combined. Add flour alternating 1/2 the flour with 1/2 the sour cream. Add each flour/cream addition mixing until combined. Set aside the batter. Peel 3-4 bananas, add a squeeze of lemon, vanilla, and mash. Add bananas to batter and with mixer, mix until combined. Fill each mini loaf pan 1/2 way and bake for 35-40 minutes checking on them after 30 minutes. Let cool for 20-30 minutes and serve. Yields 5 mini-loaves, and they freeze well.