This banana bread recipe uses a special technique to bring out the all of the sweet juicy goodness from your bananas.
I love banana bread but for a lonng time I didn’t particularly enjoy making it. It used to seem like a tricky beast to get it just right.
I started subscribing to Cook’s Illustrated and am highly impressed with what I had seen. The first piece of mailing that I got was Cook’s All-Time Best Recipes: Foolproof Favorites from 20 Years of Cook’s Illustrated. I love just about everything about it, except that the body of Cook’s Illustrated magazine is in black and white. I can understand how that is cost-effective, but I love to look at color photos.
Anyway, there is a recipe for Ultimate Banana Bread (page 68-69.) The article discusses how the riper the banana the more fructose is produced. (Think sugar.) Then there is a piece about banana juice. CI instructs the reader to microwave bananas to extract the juice, strain it, and then reduce it.
I like to take shortcuts, so I just microwaved my bananas and poured the juice first into the batter, then added the bananas themselves.
They also place sliced bananas on top (“Shingle Your Loaf”) to add more flavor before baking. I omitted this step.
I was reluctant to bake it for the 55 minutes like they suggest because my oven is an ole cranky gal and I often have problems getting baked items just right. (Okay, sometimes it probably is operator error, but trust me – my oven is about to croak. Sometimes I hear her groan after I have used her and turned her off. I am afraid she is going to fall out on my floor one day.)
The top had a beautiful color and the texture makes me want to ply it off and eat it immediately. It’s like eating “muffin tops.”
The hardest part about this bread is waiting for it to cool.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 339 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 77mg Sodium: 328mg Carbohydrates: 52g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 24g Protein: 5g
How do you like your banana bread?
For a different take on banana bread, check out this video from Cosmoplitan Cornbread: