the best banana bread

There were six bananas calling out to be made into bread.  I am always looking for another recipe for banana bread.  This might be the last look.  I found this recipe on Food52.  I didn't actually follow it which I just realized.  I only doubled the liquid part and kept the dry ingredients the same.  It worked.  Buttery rich delicious.  One loaf was gone in a matter of minutes.  Luckily, I made two.

6 overripe bananas (the blacker the better)
2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
2 1/2 sticks tablespoons butter (unsalted), at room temperature
4 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; move rack to lower-middle position. Generously grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
Beat bananas with an electric mixer until smooth. Add brown sugar, butter, and eggs, and mix until completely incorporated.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

In two bread pans, fill almost to the top and bake for an hour or until done.  Let cool before taking out. 


Comments (Archived):

  1. stephen

    Nice… I have some overripe bananas on the counter that are looking to be put to use. : ]

  2. Sunchowder

    This sounds amazing–I will try it as soon as I can feel my legs again!

    1. Gotham Gal

      What happened? Are you ok?

      1. Sunchowder

        Peaches are coming into season and I have been on my feet for about 13 hours a day now for 5 or 6 days! It kills me, but it will be worth it. X, Thanks for asking! Wendy

        1. Gotham Gal

          Wow. Yummy peaches?

          1. Sunchowder

            Of course! I am making Peach Lavender Jam right now (macerating overnight for tomorrow) along with Peach Habanero. Working on some Pickled Peaches too and maybe some with a bit of rum inside…..I have four cases here in the kitchen this week. I will send you some of the Lavender and if the “spirited peaches” come out nicely, I will include those. I can use rum or amaretto…can’t decide, what do you think?

          2. Gotham Gal

            Amaretto might be too sweet

          3. Sunchowder

            Yes, you are right– I think I shall go with some rum!

  3. Jackie

    Finally got around to making this banana bread. I made one loaf and used 1 stick of butter instead of 1 1/4. It was insanely good. I will look no further for a better recipe! And thanks, Joanne…. I have been following your blog since the beginning and still continue to enjoy reading about the books, recipes, and everything else!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Thanks Jackie. I agree, this particular banana bread is insanely good. Iam looking forward to discovering a bunch of rotten bananas calling out forbread to be made in the fruit bowl.