Classic Banana Bread Recipe
I still can’t believe I don’t have a post with a classic banana bread recipe. I have a few different kinds like chocolate crowned banana bread, dulce de leche and a couple of others. This one though has no frills as such, just extra walnuts. A simple butter and sugar creamed and then whisked with eggs and banana to be folded in with flour is what this recipe is. But make sure you use the ripest bananas you can get your hands on. It’s best served warm although with the magic of a microwave oven you can achieve that in 8 to 10 seconds.
Flour – 1 and 1/2 cups
Baking powder – 1.5 tsp
Cinnamon powder – 2 tsp (more if you like)
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Butter – 1/2 cup at room temperature (tip: if your butter is solid or if you live where it’s single-digit temperature, pop the butter into your oven and keep it at 150 degrees C till it turns soft. Say 2-3 mins)
Sugar – 1/2 cup white sugar + 1/4 cup brown sugar (you could use all white or all brown too. Jaggery powder works great as well)
Eggs – 2
Vanilla – 1/2 tsp
Banana – 3 (extremely ripe, even if they’re turning black it’s alright give them a chance)
Yoghurt – 2 tbsp
Walnuts – handful (you could go with other nuts too, I won’t stop you)
Preheat your oven at 180 degrees C while you get on with the batter.
Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt together and keep aside.
In a separate mixing bowl cream butter and sugar till it’s pale and fluffy (basically whisk the crap out of them).
Now add eggs and vanilla. Beat some more. For a minute or two.
Mash the bananas with a fork (like a normal human being or squish them through your fingers like I did because it’s fun).
Add the bananas to the wet mixture and mix well. Add the yoghurt at this point as well.
Fold the flour mixture into the wet mixture gently along with the walnuts.
Pour this batter into a loaf tin (or even a cake tin, the batter won’t mind).
Bake for around 50 mins at 180 degrees C. You should have a lovely golden top (not you, the bread).
Let it cool for a while before you demolish the whole thing with endless cups of coffee and endless hours of conversations.