Updated: Sep 16, 2020
banana bread of quarantine was a simpler time
Banana bread's always been nostalgic for me for some reason. I think it's because I associate it with Jack Johnson's 'Banana Pancakes' which reminds me of my summer in North Carolina.
It also reminds me of my second year in college when I would always get a banana during my volunteer hospital shifts, bring it back home to my apartment, and let it sit on my counter for longer than I should've. Only options then were banana bread or banana pancakes.
But yes, I love banana bread and maybe ill do a baby banana bread video soon LMAO
2-3 ripe bananas (around 3/4 cup)
1/2 stick room temperature butter (4 tbsp)
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup milk + 2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup of flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tbsp of vanilla
pinch of salt
For the best results, try to have everything at room temperature before beginning! First, mix your milk and lemon juice together and let it sit. It will curdle but that's natural. Essentially you're making buttermilk.
In a large bowl, cream your softened butter and sugars (you can add in about 1-2 more tablespoons of sugar if you like it sweeter or if your bananas aren't sweet enough). You want to make sure your butter and sugar mixture is creamed really well— this is what makes cakes and cupcakes so fluffy, should take around 3 - 5 minutes. Once creamed and fluffy, add in your beaten egg.
In a separate bowl, mash together your bananas until creamy and add in your vanilla. Add your bananas into your butter and sugar mixture. Once incorporated, add in your milk and lemon mixture, beat until combined.
Next, mix together your flour, salt, and baking powder. If you're using self-rising flour, you can skip adding salt and baking powder.
Slowly incorporate your wet and dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix!! If you do, your banana bread won't be as soft and moist.
Butter your pan with butter and pour your batter in before putting it your pre-heated oven at 325°F for around 40-50 minutes depending on your pan and oven. Check with a toothpick to make sure everything is cooked inside. If your toothpick comes out clean, it's done!
I love eating mine warm with some salted butter :-)
** feel free to throw in different nuts or chocolate chips if you'd like!
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