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Mama's Banana Bread
It's the simple things in life!
My Great-Grandmother was an amazing cook. She always had some sort of dessert or bread prepared at her house because she always had tons of people stopping by to visit. She was always a wonderful hostess making sure you had something to eat and drink. You never left her house hungry. This Banana Bread reminds me that sometimes the most simplest things in life can be made right in your own kitchen. My Mama gave me this recipe when I got married to add to my growing collection of family recipes. I hope you enjoy it as much as my three generations of family have. I would love for you add it to your collection too!
The Finished Product
Lets get cooking!
OK, so the thing I love most about this recipe, besides how delicious it tastes, is that it is easy to make. Here are all the ingredients that you need to create the perfect Banana Bread.
You will need two bowls one for your wet ingredients and one for your dry ingredients. You will also need a cereal bowl to beat your two eggs in.
Have your oven 350 at degrees
2 cups mashed bananas ( 3-4 bananas)
1 stick of butter ( salted or unsalted works great)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of sugar
2 beaten eggs
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
**optional - 1 cup of chopped pecans**
Put it all together!
Here are the beginning steps on how to put it all together.
In your dry ingredients bowl put your flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
* Do not add the sugar because you will add that directly to the mashed bananas.
In your wet ingredients bowl place your peeled bananas in the bowl and start mashing them with a fork. I always mash them on the sides of the bowl because it makes it a lot easier to break the bananas down. You will want the consistency to be almost like baby food. It is great to still have small chunks of bananas, so do not panic if you have some, it is a good thing, trust me!
Then with a spoon rake all the mashed bananas off the side of the bowl so it's right in the middle of your bowl. Add your sugar, vanilla, and beaten eggs to the mashed banana mixture. Stir it in with your spoon. The banana mixture will have a light yellow color to it.
Mixing in the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl you will have your dry ingredients. This makes it a lot easier to manage how much of your dry you add into the banana mixture.
Add about 1/2 cup of the dry ingredients at a time to the banana mixture. The more of the dry ingredients that you add, the thicker the mixture will be. Once you have added in all of the dry ingredients it is now time to add the luxurious butter.
Your butter should be really soft so that it is easy to fold into the batter. If you put the butter into the microwave for 45 seconds it will be half melted and half soft. It will be the perfect consistency. If you have time and you are planning in advance on making this bread you can leave your butter out to soften.
When you fold the butter into the batter, you may want to take your spoon and just scrape any butter chunks you have so that your butter is consistent in your Banana Bread batter.
Once everything including the butter is incorporated your Banana Bread batter will have a very light cream color to it. It will also be thick enough to stick on your spoon.
Pour your batter into a greased ( shortening or butter) and floured pan. It will bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
About 30 minutes into the cooking time you will notice that your bread is starting to have a golden crust. The first time I made this myself I took it out of the oven because I thought it was done. It was still jiggly inside. So, if you get to the 30 minute mark and notice the golden brown crust on top just take a deep breath and leave it in the oven.
Your house will start to smell wonderful and just about the time that you think you can not wait any longer to have a slice of this bread, your timer will go off and it will be time to enjoy a piece of my Great - Grandmother's & my Mama's Banana Bread.
~ Tips ~
I always have to enjoy a piece right out of the oven, with butter melting on top of it.
Now in the morning when the bread is completely cooled. I like to take a slice pop it in the microwave until it is slightly warm and put a little bit of my favorite jelly ( apricot) on top. It makes for a quick breakfast that is beyond good.
I have a huge sweet tooth so there have been some times that I take a piece of the bread and plop a big dollop of whip cream on top and eat it like that.
I hope you have a wonderful day and remember life is short so it is completely fine to eat dessert or Banana Bread first! xoxo Elisha