Mmmm… Banana Nut Bread

I was rearranging the food in my freezer, and realized I had stored over ripe black bananas in there like a squirrel stores nuts for the winter. I pulled out about 12 bananas total, and moved them to the fridge to thaw. Over ripe defrosted bananas stink, but they make the BEST bread.

I let K and G help me gather our ingredients, and mash the bananas. They love mashing them into a chunky paste. I love baking with them. They get a kick out of the stand mixer, and of course want to try every ingredient. K was adamant about tasting the baking soda, I tried to warn him, but being a 5 year old, he knew best. He gagged for the next 15 minutes while I tried not to roll on the floor with laughter.

Here is the recipe I use:

1 1/4 all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter (at room temp)
1 cup sugar
3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pistachios

Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl, set to the side. Whisk the eggs and vanilla together in a small bowl/cup, set to the side. Grease and flour a loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. While mixing, pour the egg mixture into the butter until incorporated. You may need to stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl to get the mixture to fully incorporate. Add the bananas to the mix. Mix till mixture looks curdled/separated, and then remove the bowl from the mixer.

Slowly add in the flour mixture, and stir with a rubber spatula until just incorporated. Fold in the nuts, and pour the batter into the greased and floured pan.

Bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 40-50 minutes. Cool the bread in the pan on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Turn the bread out of the pan and let cool completely on the rack. If you don’t have a rack, you can turn it out onto parchment paper. Wrap in plastic wrap to preserve moisture and freshness.

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