The Best Banana Bread

Hi!!

How is everyone doing?

I think the answer is that you’ll be doing a lot better once you’ve baked yourself some of the best banana bread ever!!!

I’m not sure what it is with quarantine but finding yeast and flour (I just typed out flower..) at the grocery store is nearly impossible. Who knew so many people would resort to wanting to become professional bakers?!

This was my attempt to bake sourdough. I tried it three different times, and this was actually the most successful attempt..

I used this recipe. Maybe I should try a different method/recipe? I’ll report back. If you have any suggestions/tips feel free to comment below. HELP ME. This loaf was actually pretty good, still a bit dense, but then my other two loaves were literal pancakes. I had to throw them away. It just seems like such a waste of flour!! I don’t know. What I do know is that I’ll most likely never be a professional baker. But as they say, never say never.

Moving onto what I DO know how to bake, and that’s BANANA BREAD

My mom has been baking this recipe of banana bread my whole life and it truly is the best. Super moist, FILLED with bananas, and just melt in your mouth good. I’ve done trial and error with a lot of different banana bread recipes and I believe that this one is so delicious for a couple reasons.

  1. BUTTER. The butter makes it so decadent without being greasy or dry. I’ve tried canola oil, coconut oil, etc before and it just never turns out as good.
  2. Orange zest + lemon juice. Two ingredients that you don’t typically find in banana bread. The subtle orange flavor compliments the banana and chocolate so well. And I’m not sure what the lemon juice does but just trust the process lol

It’s always fun to switch it up and try new banana bread recipes so I really hope you give this one a go! It’s truly the best. Did I already say that? ITS THE BEST!

THE BEST BANANA BREAD 

Recipe makes Two 9 by 5 inch loaves 

Ingredients:

  • 6 ripe bananas 
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup, 2 sticks, unsalted butter at room temperature 
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp orange zest (about the zest of 1 medium orange)
  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Optional: Apx 1 cup of add ins. I love chocolate chips but walnuts are delicious too.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 9 by 5 inch loaf pans with butter. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure the butter and sugar are fully incorporated. 
  3. Add in the bananas. Mix until bananas are nice and mashed.
  4. Add in the eggs, orange zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined
  5. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients slowly to the banana mixture. Be careful to not over mix.
  6. With a spoon, stir in add-ins if using.
  7. Divide batter evenly into both pans and bake for 50-55 minutes. Once a toothpick through the center comes out clear the bread is done. Allow to cool.

If you make this recipe please comment below and let me know!

xx Chelcie

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