香蕉蛋糕 Banana Bread


Written on Dec. 27, 2008

This is my favorite banana bread recipe (well actually I have never tried other recipes so I probably shouldn’t use the “favorite” adjective…). Banana bread is really a good way to clean up all the way-too-ripe bananas, and it’s actually much better when made with over-ripe bananas. This recipe I use is super easy, takes about 10 minutes to prepare, and no special tool is required. So I probably won’t switch to other more difficult recipes.

Original Recipe Linky. As usual, I adjusted it a bit for my taste (i.e. less sugar …..)

Ingredient:  1 loaf

* 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
* 1/3 cup melted butter
* 3/4 cup sugar, I usually only use less than 1/2 cup of sugar…
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* Pinch of salt
* 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
* Some sort of nuts (walnut, almond, pecan….) and/or dry fruit (blueberry, cranberry…)

Method:
No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Throw in the dry nuts and/or dry fruit, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Tips:

* The more bananas and butter, the more moist the bread is gonna be. So if you want to reduce the butter, you need to put in 4 or 5 bananas.
* I usually put in coarsely chopped nuts. I really like the crunchiness. I tried to put in dried fruit (cranberries) the first time today. It turned out pretty good as well!

Updates:

Since I started working out, my taste buds abhor sugar more and more.  Hence I am trying to even reduce the amount of sugar in my old recipe, trying to only rely on the natural sweetness of ripe banana. The following recipe is still a work in progress, so proceed with caution !🙂

Ingredient: 2 L of bread

  • 8~10 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (I reduced to almost none last time, would try to use yogurt, olive oil, or none next time…)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (試著不放)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour (whole wheat flour)
  • Coarsely chopped nuts (walnut, almond, pecan….) and/or dry fruit (blueberry, cranberry…)

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Then mix in the baking soda and salt.
  • Add the flour last, mix. Sift the flour if needed. Throw in the dry nuts and/or dry fruit, mix.
  • Pour mixture into a buttered 2L loaf pan. Bake for 1.5 hour. Test with a knife. If the knife comes out clean, the bread is fully baked.

Tips:

* The more bananas and butter, the more moist the bread is gonna be. So if you want to reduce the butter, you need to put in 4 or 5 bananas.



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