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How to Make Banana Bread

February 28th, 2014 Cooking

If you're looking to make a delicious dessert but you don't have the time for hours of preparation, try making banana bread. The recipe for banana bread is extremely simple and there's a good chance that you already have all the ingredients. Take just ten minutes of time out of your schedule to prepare a loaf of banana bread today.

Banana bread is a staple of homemade dessert-making for a number of reasons. One is that it you can still make it even if you find that you are missing one of the ingredients. Bananas are essential, of course, but if you don't have baking soda at the moment, don't worry - your bread will still turn out fine. It can also be made in a variety of ways. You can choose to blend the ingredients in a mixer or by hand in a bowl - this recipe uses the traditional by hand method. Once you've mastered this basic banana bread recipe, try exploring the infinite number of other ways to make this classic dessert.

Here are the ingredients you'll need to get started:

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup sugar

A simple preparation
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine the butter and bananas. Add in the sugar, egg and vanilla, whisking until the mixture is smooth. Lightly mix in the baking soda and salt. Finally, add the flour and switch to using a spatula, stirring the ingredients together until the flour can no longer be seen. Pour the mix into a 4x8 inch loaf pan coated in melted butter - that's all the preparation required!

Bake your bread in the oven for about an hour. When you take it out, the top of the cake should be a dark brown color and the interior should be yellow. You can check to see if the bread is ready by inserting a toothpick in the middle of it. If the toothpick can be removed cleanly, your banana bread is finished. Be sure to let it cool for 10 minutes before eating, however. This will allow the loaf to solidify, so you can take it out of the pan more smoothly.

Taking your recipe to the next level
Banana bread recipes vary from person to person, and this recipe is just the foundation for many more that you can learn. Bananas are the core ingredient, but preferences vary in terms of their ideal ripeness for bread-making purposes. Some prefer to use overripe bananas, while others insist on using brown bananas. You could also choose to enhance the taste of your bread by adding cinnamon, nuts or chocolate chips to the recipe. As you ask different friends about their favorite banana bread recipes, you're likely to find that no two people make their banana bread the same way.