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Fresh Homemade Banana Bread

Last Modified: 03/08/08
First Published: 12/11/07
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Banana Loaf banana loaf


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 /2 teaspoon salt
4 overripe bananas
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
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General Info
Servings: 8
Total Cost: $3.81
Cost Per Serving: $0.48
Total Calories: 3,962
Calories/Serving: 495
Flour, White Unbleached All Purpose 2 Cups 8.50 Ounces $0.28 910
Baking Soda, Generic 1 1/2 Teaspoon 7.20 Grams $0.02 0
Salt, Table 1/2 Teaspoon 3.00 Grams $0.00 0
Bananas, Whole (4 overripe bananas) * 1.20 Pounds $1.00 484
Sugar, White Granulated 1 Cup 200.00 Grams $0.26 774
Butter, Unsalted * 6.00 Ounces $0.76 1,215
Eggs, Chicken (2 eggs) 3/4 Cups 100.00 Grams $0.33 156
Extract, Vanilla Imitation 1 Teaspoon 4.66 Grams $0.42 0
Walnuts, Chopped (or pecans) 1/2 Cup 60.00 Grams $0.70 393
Sugar, Powdered Unsifted (for dusting) 1 Tablespoon 7.50 Grams $0.03 30
Banana Bread Loaf


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture. With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk, whip the remaining bananas and sugar together for a good 3 minutes; you want a light and fluffy banana cream. Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla; beat well and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated; no need to overly blend. Fold in the nuts and the mashed bananas with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Give the pan a good rap on the counter to get any air bubbles out.

Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Don't get nervous if the banana bread develops a crack down the center of the loaf; that's no mistake, it's typical. Rotate the pan periodically to ensure even browning.

Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes or so, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. Toast the slices of banana bread, dust with confectioners' sugar, and serve.