‘Banana bread’ is one of the most popular sweet breads in the United States. It has nothing to do with traditional bread – it is more moist, sweet, and spices are often used to enhance its taste. It’s just sweet banana cake :). The fact that bananas are now available all year round is certainly a plus. It is fast to make, and instead of yeast, we use bicarbonate of soda. Different variations of this bread allow using of dried fruit, spices and nuts.
On my blog I will certainly return to this recipe more than once. This time I present the simplest banana bread. It is soft and melts in the mouth. And so wonderfully banana-y!
Ingredients for banana bread:
- 3 or 4 ripe bananas (preferably overripe), mashed
- 75 g butter, melted
- 3/4 cup caster sugar (or less)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- pinch of salt
All ingredients should be at room temperature.
This recipe does not require a mixer. In a large bowl, mix the melted butter with mashed bananas (just mash them with a fork). Stir in sugar, lightly beaten egg and vanilla. Directly into the bowl sift the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and add a pinch of salt, then mix with a fork or kitchen whisk, just until the ingredients are combined.
Transfer the batter into a 10 x 20 cm loaf tin greased with butter and dusted with plain flour or lined with baking paper.
Bake at 17o°C for about 50 – 60 minutes or shorter until cake is golden brown on top and a wooden skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven, cool.
Source of the recipe – simplyrecipes.com.