Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

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Easy to Bake and Great for Gifts

There's really no mystery to making home made baked goods. Just like anything else it takes a little patience and the ability to follow directions. In most recipes adding ingredients in the order specified makes a big difference in the outcome. With this recipe, the bread turns out great no matter what order in which you mix it and regardless of your baking experience.

This recipe is also a great way to use up those spotted bananas that no one seems to want. When bananas turn just a bit over-ripe, they're perfect to use in baking home made banana bread. Even if your skills are a bit rusty this easy recipe with step-by-step pictures will get you through the process.

Banana Bread
Banana Bread | Source

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The first step is to gather all your ingredients and equipment into one area of the kitchen to make sure you have everything you need on hand. Be prepared to receive compliments once your home is filled with the mouth-watering aroma of bread baking in the oven.

Banana bread makes gift giving easy even for those particular friends who seem to have everything. Giving a gift of something you've made in your own kitchen is one way to show your appreciation for folks who've helped or provided service over the year, whether it's for the staff at your medical office, dental office, neighbors, the postmaster or others who deserve a special thank you.

Gathering the ingredients first ensures that you have everything you need to make the recipe.
Gathering the ingredients first ensures that you have everything you need to make the recipe. | Source

Kitchen Tools You'll Need

Large loaf pan, glass or metal 9 x 5”

Electric mixer

Mixing Bowls

Dry measuring Cups

Measuring spoons

Rubber Spatula

2 knives

Wire rack

Conventional Oven

Ingredients

1/3 cup butter

2/3 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/3 cup of sour Milk

2-3 ripe bananas

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

2 Tablespoons Shortening for greasing the pan

How to Begin

Set out the butter out in a large mixing bowl and let it come to room temperature. To speed up that process, cut the butter into tablespoon sized slices rather than using the microwave. While the butter softens, prepare the baking pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Start by cutting the butter into tablespoon sized pieces to soften it.
Start by cutting the butter into tablespoon sized pieces to soften it.

To Prepare the Baking Pan

To keep the bread from sticking to the glass pan, you'll want to grease and flour it first. Use a paper towel or your fingers to spread about a tablespoon of solid vegetable shortening, like Crisco, or butter to coat the bottom and sides of the bread pan. Wipe out the excess with a paper towel.

Then, sprinkle about a tablespoon of flour over the shortening and shake the pan to distribute the flour around the surface creating a light coating of flour. Shake out any excess from the pan by tapping the bottom of the pan over the trash container or into the kitchen sink.

Greased and floured baking pan
Greased and floured baking pan

Next, if you don't have any sour milk, you can make some by adding about a tablespoon of lemon juice to the 3 tablespoons of milk and set the mixture aside. This ingredient helps to make the bread rise beautifully while baking.

Preparing the Milk Ahead of Time

Make the sour milk by adding one tablespoon of lemon juice.
Make the sour milk by adding one tablespoon of lemon juice.

Then, with the mixer on low speed, begin to cream the butter. If the butter gets stuck in the beaters, turn off the mixer and use a spatula to remove the butter so it will continue to whip until it becomes light and fluffy.

Once the color of the mixture changes from medium yellow to a lighter shade you can add the sugar. Continue to mix until the mixture is again light and fluffy and the sugar is no longer granulated.

Cream the butter and add the sugar
Cream the butter and add the sugar

Peel and slice the bananas into a separate bowl. You can use a dash of lemon juice, if desired, to keep the bananas from turning brown while you prepare the recipe.

Holding a knife in each hand, slice the bananas into smaller sized pieces with a crisscross motion.

Stir the vanilla extract into the bananas and mix together. 

Using two knives, cut the bananas into small pieces. A dash of lemon juice will help keep them from turning brown while you work.
Using two knives, cut the bananas into small pieces. A dash of lemon juice will help keep them from turning brown while you work. | Source

Now add the eggs one at a time into the butter and sugar mixture, mixing after each egg is added.

Add the eggs one at a time
Add the eggs one at a time | Source

Measure out the flour and pour into a separate medium size bowl. Add the Baking soda and the salt and stir the dry ingredients together.

Begin adding the dry mixture to the batter a little bit at a time.

Mix on low speed, alternating with the wet ingredients (banana mixture and the sour milk) and the addition of dry ingredients. End with the dry ingredients.

Add the pecans and stir in by hand
Add the pecans and stir in by hand | Source

Add the pecans and stir them in by hand with a spatula.

Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish and allow it to rest for a few minutes.

This recipe usually takes around one hour to bake at 350 degrees, depending on your oven.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

You can test the bread to see if it is done by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf. If the toothpick comes out clean it's time to take the bread out of the oven. If the toothpick comes out wet, continue baking and test again in five minutes. Repeat if necessary.

Remove the loaf pan from the oven and let it rest on a wire rack for about ten minutes before turning it out of the pan. Allow the bread to cool a bit before slicing.

This recipe freezes well and will keep for up to three months in the freezer if wrapped properly. Wrap in cellophane and then in heavy duty aluminum foil. Mark the date and the contents on a small piece of masking tape with a magic marker.

I like to make this bread at the holidays and wrap it in fancy cellophane wrap tied up with festive ribbons. It's perfect for gift giving or for sharing at a family gathering.

Cool on a wire rack before removing from the baking pan.
Cool on a wire rack before removing from the baking pan.

© 2011 Peg Cole

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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

My address for UPS delivery is .... Yum! Lynda


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nifty@50 5 years ago

Great looking recipe! Will have to try!


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Banana bread is one of my favorite things to eat. It smells so good cooking and it freezes easily and makes wonderful holiday gifts for family and coworkers too. I also love to warm a slice up in my microwave and melt butter on it. MMMMMMMM Thanks so much for sharing this, I will use it.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Lynda - Watch your mailbox for a special delivery. I love to send these out at Christmas time with home made chocolate covered peanut butter balls.

Hey there nifty - Hope you like it. I have several different versions but the hubby likes this one the best.

Hello Bobbi - It does smell good cooking. Last year at Christmas my neighbor brought over a tin of goodies and it turns out we exchanged banana bread with each other. haha. The warm buttered idea sounds delicious. Will have to try this!

Thanks so much to each of you for stopping in to read this hub. Cheers and happy baking.


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sofs 5 years ago

I have always loved banana bread and the variations of it. PegCole I must congratulate on the pictures and the details that make this recipe easy for any novice to try out. mmm now you have made me hungry :P


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Sofs, You know, I've never met a banana bread I didn't like. You can find them in all variations at church dinners and family gatherings and most of them are really great tasting and go fast.

Thanks for the compliments on the pictures. It is hard to hold up that heavy bowl and snap a picture. I'm glad they came out! Nice to see you again.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

This one has got to be a must Peg.

Looks and sounds delicious,thanks for sharing.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Eiddwen, Thank you for the nice comments. Good to see you again.

You too,

Peg xxoo


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

What a great idea and recipe. I usually throw the bananas out. Now I am going to give this a try.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Mrs. J.B. - Yeah, the bananas are too ripe for eating but too good for wasting. Hope you try out the recipe. It's really easy. :-)


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

This is wonderful cycling food! I'm in! I love banana bread - especially with pecans! Thank you Peg!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Peg Cole, Thanks for the great Banana Bread recipe! Sounds tasty... Yum! Yum!

Peace & Blessings!


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

How smart is that! You get Banana Bread and a Hub. I like your new profile picture.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a great HUb Peg, I might even (the NON Baker) to try your Banana Bread. Recipe..Lover Man loves Banana's. Thanks so much for the wonderful pictures as well!


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

DeBorrah, Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration in your hubs. I love reading them. Glad you stopped in for some banana bread.

Mckbirdbks, I made another loaf this morning while I was reading your hub about John D. MacDonald, Lamour and Asimov. What interesting stuff. About the profile picture, thanks! From our bird days.

b. Malin, My hubby is very particular and even he loves this bread. Hope you do try it. I had to bake mine an extra 10 minutes today as I used 3 bananas.


fantasygirl@aol.com 5 years ago

My that does look good. Too good. Hello Thighs.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

fantasygirl - I'm sure you don't need to worry about calories at all. You're one of those lovely California girls, n'est pas? Thanks for dropping by and I hope you try the recipe.


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

I love banana bread. Thanks for the pictures and well explained directions. Looks delish! Rated up and useful.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you so much. Hope you enjoy using this recipe.


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sharing the sky 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for sharing. The step-by-step instructions along with the pictures is great. I have to say that banana bread was a pleasantly easy recipe for me in my novice baking days and because of learning to make banana bread, and gradually gaining confidence, I was able to step up and try other recipes or more complex ones. It also made for some fond memories with the family members I used to bake with growing up.


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Tatara 5 years ago from Asia

I like banana recipes from native Asian to American...Yummy.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi sharing the sky. Yes, baking can be a fun time shared with the kids. It encourages youngsters to try out their talents in the kitchen and gives parents an opportunity to teach measurements like fractions. Starting on an easy recipe like this can instill confidence as you said. Thanks for sharing your experience of learning in the kitchen and for stopping by to comment.

Tatara, Hello. It is good to share recipes from different cultures and parts of the world. I'll be looking for some recipes from you!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

This looks and sounds delicious. I haven't baked banana nut bread in a long time but after reading your hub and seeing the pictures I'm craving it :) Thanks for the great idea and recipe.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Becky, So glad you're inspired to bake some good old banana bread. I can't wait for fall again for some cool weather to make me bake. You are so welcome and thank you for stopping in.


pastella13 5 years ago

Hi Peg,

This sounds so lovely. I like bananas too, but not when they're going really soft, so I must have a go at this.

Much love.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks for dropping in today Stella. Hope that everything is getting better for you. Miss you. I will be off line for a few days starting today. Talk to you later.

Love and xx

Peg


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Gloshei 5 years ago from France

This recipe is great, have to go shopping this afternoon , so pecan nuts are on my list.

Thanks for sharing Peg.

Bookmarked so I don't lose it.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Gloshei, Walnuts also work well in this bread. I just read your lovely recipe for olive appetizers. Yum.

Thanks for the bookmark.


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Looks good love banana bread.


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Gloshei 5 years ago from France

Well I got the nuts as promised Peg all made it is really lovely.

I think Geoff will want more of this. Grrr

Thanks again.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Moonlake - thank you. Me too.

Hi Matthewl and I hope you will try it out.

My dear Gloshei - I'm so glad you let me know that it came out. And good! Geoff won't let the bananas go to waste. Thank you, my friend.


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nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

Hello PegCole17, your banana nut bread looks delicious!!!!! All I need is a cup of coffee and my morning paper. I think this recipe is a great way to use up those over ripe bananas. Keep up the good work. I hope that you and your family are having a happy holiday season.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you Nina64, I made three of these over the holidays and each disappeared quickly! It's time to make one more just for me. Here's a toast to you and yours for the New Year. (Imagine our coffee cups clinking.) May you have the most wonderful year ever. Cheers! Peg


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hey there Micky Dee,

I can't find where I ever responded to your wonderful comment. So sorry. Brain fog, I guess. Here, have a piece of this one I baked today. It has pecans.


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

Hi Peg thought I would drop by, I have made this about 8 times now, still love it. Pity the hips don't agree.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Eight times, wow. You are getting to be quite the expert by now. The hip thing is why I give so much of this bread away. I love baking it and the smell of it cooking in the house. It is great to freeze for unexpected guests who drop in. Thanks for stopping in, Gloshei and happy baking.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Wow Peg, those photos - it looks so yummy!!

I am going to make some tomorrow, many thanks and voted up.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Movie Master, What time shall I come over? I'll bring the coffee! This is such a great treat to be shared any time of the day or night. Enjoy.

PS. I'm glad you liked the photos. That means a lot coming from a Master like you. :)


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rosika 4 years ago

No other bread can beat the homemade banana bread! Your demonstration is so easy to follow for everyone. Well laid out hub!


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

Just going to make it 'again' this is so unfair.

My hips are spreadinggggggggggggggg.

Have a good weekend.


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

Hi Peg hope you don't mind but I have sent this link to my daughter so she can make some.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thanks Rosika. I appreciate you stopping over here to look at this recipe. You have an amazing talent for sketching and art! Thanks for the visit.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Oh this is very healthy. Uh huh. Sure thing. No I wouldn't kid you. Enjoy!


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Well of course I don't mind, I appreciate the link. Is she a hubber? If not you'll want to add a referral tracker to the link in case she decides to sign in and write here. :)


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Gloshei 4 years ago from France

She is not at the moment, but will sonn be I am sure.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

If you need help with the link let me know, Glo. Hey, that rhymes.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love banana. How do I miss this hub, my friend. I really enjoy all step by step instruction by using pictures. You made my hungry and I can't wait to share this recipe with my mom. Rated up and Yummy!

Blessing and hugs,


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Prasetio how nice of you to get hungry from these pictures. I just made another loaf this morning. Here, have a slice and some tea.

Blessings and hugs to you, friend.

Peg


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Looks like a good recipe. I also wanted to give congrats on your hubs reaching 100,000 views...job well done.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you Mr. Cogerson. Nice of you to mention it. Smiles.


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eddy4me 4 years ago from Wales.

Mmmm another for me to save into my packed recipe book.

I will certainly let you know how mine turned out.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Eddy! You're back with a different name. I'm so glad to see you and thanks for the visit. Hope you are well.


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EatCookReview 3 years ago from Wales

I love Banana Bread and this recipe looks yummy, I actually have a mix in my bread maker at the moment, banana, chocolate and honey cake!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello EatCookReview, I hope your mix comes out tasting great! Thanks for the visit.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

This sounds like a very good recipe. Thanks for sharing. We love banana bread.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you, Moonlake.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Growing up, I always loved my mother's homemade banana bread. It was a favorite. I have her recipe and used to make it when I had a family to cook for, but it's been years since I made it now. This looks very similar and anyone who follows this recipe is sure to have a delicious treat!

Was back to work Saturday morning for first aid and CPR training review, and today was the first day of orientation. That's a yearly thing. School starts next Monday. Time will be getting tighter. Hope all is well with you, Peg. Posting this on FB.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Au fait, Having a couple of seniors nearby helps inspire me to bake special things like this banana bread. I'm glad the recipe is similar to your Mom's bread.

School is about to start already. Wow. That hardly seems possible. What a short summer it has been. All the best to you on the new year at school and everywhere. Thanks so much for the FB post.

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