|Beautiful golden brown loaf, cut while it was still warm. The slices are spread with a little butter, just the way I like it.|
Prep. time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
- 2/3 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups peeled, mashed bananas (about 3 medium-sized bananas)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4-1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
In a small pot over medium heat, melt the stick of butter/margarine. Remove from heat and cool slightly. In the meantime, mash the bananas in a large bowl and mix in the sugar and eggs. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and sift (I just run a fork through the mixture repeatedly a few times). Pour the sifted mixture into the large bowl with the banana mixture. Add the melted butter and stir together the ingredients until completely combined (mixture will be a little lumpy and it will be a pale creamy yellow color). Pour into an oven-safe, greased, 8"x5" loaf pan. Bake for 60 minutes at 350*F or until tester (use a knife or fork) can be stuck in the bread and come out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove and let cool on a plate or rack for 10-20 minutes. Wrap in waxed paper and foil to keep it fresh. Slices can be served plain or spread with a little butter.
I love getting a slice of banana bread spread with a little butter served with a glass of skim milk for breakfast, and it's great as a snack too. It keeps well and you can even freeze it and thaw it out for later (make sure it's wrapped up tightly though and placed in a freezer bag. It's easy to make, it makes great use of bananas that are too ripe to eat as is, and it's really delicious.