This is my holy grail banana bread recipe – super moist with deep banana flavor; springy and not heavy. The recipe is simple and perfect – and bakes into a beautiful gift-worthy loaf. I also cherish this recipe because it comes from my old friend and fellow chinese grandma Lisa, who was my first friend in first grade and comes from a family of amazing cooks, crafters and bakers.
I put this together while the banana chocolate chip muffins (from New life for old bananas, part 1) were in the oven. Without help from my four year old (who had maxed out his cooking attention span with the muffins), I easily had the bread ready for the oven before the muffins came out.
Start with butter and sugar:
I mix with a fork because I’m too lazy to get out a mixer:
More old bananas (reusing my banana mashing plate from the muffins):
Add mashed bananas and vanilla to butter mixture:
Prepare sour milk and add:
Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl:
Add in batches to the wet ingredients:
Grease pan – I always use the waxed paper wrapper from the butter (again, compulsive re-use!):
This is going to be a big loaf…moved an oven tray down from my muffin baking to make room:
So much better than stinky decomposing bananas in the trash.
Kids filled up on the muffins earlier, so I’m going to enjoy some peace, a hot slice of and a cup of tea. Luxury.
Banana bread Lisa
The best banana bread recipe – super moist with deep banana flavor; springy and not heavy.
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 1 cup sugar (Lisa uses 1 1/2 cups, which makes for an even moister loaf)
- 2 eggs
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup milk mixed with
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (not needed if using salted butter)
- 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan (an 8-inch square pan also works).
- In a large bowl, mix sugar into softened butter.
- Add eggs; mix well.
- Mash bananas and add to batter. Add vanilla.
- Add vinegar to milk; add sour milk to batter.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix well.
- Add nuts, if using.
- Bake for one hour (a square pan will take less time), until toothpick comes out clean. It’s important to do the toothpick test with banana bread, as often it looks nice and brown outside but still needs a few more minutes to cook fully inside.
- My family actually likes it better when I cook banana bread in a baking dish (an 8-inch square or 11″x7″, 2-quart Pyrex). It cooks faster (about 35-40 minutes), and the texture is softer and lighter. My mom, a great cook but less-confident baker, also finds it much easier to know when the bread is ready in a baking dish than a loaf pan.
Here’s the link to a printable version.