Making banana bread is a great beginner recipe for aspiring bakers. You can make it from scratch using readily available ingredients. It is also a fun activity that everyone in the family can partake in and enjoy.
Another reason why this is a fun recipe to follow is that you can customize it to your liking. You can mix in some chopped nuts, dark chocolate chips, or just go with plain banana bread. The texture and flavor go well with a lot of variations so that you can tailor-fit this to your liking.
What are you waiting for? Shop for the ingredients, layout the necessary kitchen equipment, and prepare to have your home filled with the delicious aroma of banana bread. This recipe only takes ten minutes to prepare and about an hour of waiting for the bread to bake. It’s easy, effortless, and fun.
- Cooking spray
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- ½ cup of chocolate chips or chopped nuts (your choice, optional ingredients)
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 pcs large eggs
- ¼ cup of milk
- 3 pcs medium-sized bananas, very ripe
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Start by preparing your oven. Preheat the oven to three hundred and fifty degrees Fahrenheit. Take your pan and then line it with some parchment paper. For this step, it is recommended to use any baking pan or better yet, the banneton proofing basket from Chefast. This basket will serve as the mold for the banana bread. The great thing about this proofing basket is it comes with a scraper so that you can clean out any traces of the batter or bread for easy cleanup. It also comes with creative stencils so that you can decorate your banana bread after you have baked it.
Next, melt the butter by popping it into the microwave for a few seconds. Add in the sugar and whisk until the sugar is melted. If you want a banana bread with a denser consistency like cake, do not melt the butter. Instead, whisk its creamy version with the sugar until the mixture is fluffy and then use it as necessary.
Next, crack the eggs into the bowl. Mix it in with the butter and sugar until the consistency is completely smooth and clump-free. Slowly add the milk and vanilla while mixing. Take your mashed bananas and then mix it into the bowl. It is up to you if you want to leave some chunks in or if you want a smooth mixture. Use a hand mixer or a whisk, depending on your preference.
Now, it is time to mix in the dry ingredients. Pour in the flour, salt, and baking soda while continuously mixing. You do not have to really mix in the flour. Just use a spatula to stir the dry ingredients until no more flour is visible. Mixing too rigorously can leave you with a loaf of bland banana bread with no texture or structure.
Lastly, it is time to add in your optional ingredients. Mix in the chocolate chip chunks by scattering the pieces and then folding them in the butter. Do the same with the chopped nuts. Make sure to roast the nuts first for at least ten minutes before adding them in.
Pour your finished batter into a pan or the proofing basket and then bake for fifty to sixty-five minutes. You’ll know it is cooked when the surface is dark caramelized brown in color and if your toothpick comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool on a rack for at least ten minutes before serving. The same recipe can be used to make banana bread muffins. Simply swap out the pan or basket for some tin cups.
The riper, the better. It is advisable to use the bananas when they are very ripe and no longer ideal for snacking. The perfect time is when the skin is already developing brown freckles and the fruit itself falls apart whenever you pick it up. This will make the banana flavors intense so that your bread will be as flavorful and aromatic as possible.
Mashing the banana. There are a few methods to mashing the banana. You can try a simple fork and then just go in. Others use a blender or a hand mixer to mix the bananas together. Just make sure to beat the bananas to a pulp and to eliminate any clumps so that you can seamlessly mix them with the other ingredients to form a clump-free batter. You can also leave in a few clumps of banana so that there will be a unique texture to it.
Possible modifications. The reason why this recipe is such a great pick for beginners is that there are so many modifications that you can perform to the recipe. It is also such an easy recipe to follow since practically all the ingredients can be found in your cupboard.
You can swap out the flour for the whole wheat variant. You can use brown sugar instead of white sugar. You can even substitute margarine for the butter or lessen the number of eggs in the recipe. It will still turn out fine even if there are minor tweaks. The only non-negotiable ingredient is baking soda.