Recipe for Banana Bread From Scratch

Updated on June 14, 2019
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My homemade banana bread is light and fluffy
My homemade banana bread is light and fluffy | Source

How to Make Banana Bread From Scratch

My recipe for banana bread is quick and easy to make—and it tastes delicious, too. It only takes about 45 minutes to bake. One of my secrets is to add some sugar to the bottom of the loaf tins before I pour in the mixture. Then I add a bit more sugar on top of the mixture before the loaf tins go in the oven. This technique gives my banana bread a crunchy, caramel-like crust.

Ingredients

  • 400g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 100g butter or margarine
  • 175g white caster sugar
  • 75g brown sugar
  • 4 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 medium eggs

Equipment

  • Two loaf pans: 8x4 inch (20x10 cm)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Weighing scales
  • Electric blender
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sharp knife
  • Wire rack

Prepare the loaf tins
Prepare the loaf tins | Source

Step 1: Prepare the Loaf Tins

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c for a fan oven or 160c/gas mark 4 conventional oven.
  2. Cover the bottom and sides of the baking pans with butter or margarine.
  3. Pour the brown sugar into one of the pans.
  4. Rotate and shake the pan to coat the butter in a thin layer of sugar. Pouring the excess into the second pan to do the same again.
  5. This will give you a crunchy caramel-like crust when cooked.

Mix the ingredients
Mix the ingredients | Source

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

  1. Pour the flour into the large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the butter to the mixture.
  3. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Mix in the caster sugar and remaining brown sugar evenly.
  5. Peel the bananas.
  6. Mash the bananas with a fork until smooth.
  7. Pour the banana puree into the dry ingredients.
  8. Add the eggs.
  9. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture resembles slightly lumpy baby food.
  10. Divide the mixture between the two loaf pans and spread evenly.

Beautiful baked loaves
Beautiful baked loaves | Source

Step 3: Bake the Loaves

  1. Bake for approximately 45 minutes.
  2. Check the loaves are cooked all the way through by inserting a sharp knife or skewer into the centre of the loaf. If it comes out clean, they are cooked.
  3. While still warm, place a plate on top of the pans and flip upside down together so the loaf slides out onto the plate.
  4. Place a clean tea towel over the cooling loaves to prevent them from drying out.

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Bananas are very healthy
Bananas are very healthy | Source

Bananas as a Healthy Super Food

Eating bananas raw can be beneficial for your health. They are a rich source of protein and boost your energy. At the same time, they contain tryptophan. This is an amino acid that is a natural mood enhancer.

The beta-carotene the banana contains naturally converts within the body to vitamins A and C. This is beneficial for your immune system. It also contains vitamin B6.

Banana sandwich
Banana sandwich | Source

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        Thelma Alberts 

        5 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

        Yummy! I love banana bread. The longer you keep it, the tastier it becomes. When I travel to other countries, I usually make a loaf of banana bread to bring it with me for the travel. Thanks for sharing your banana recipe.

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