I baked Banana Bread again this past weekend. Must tell you the the different trials I have conducted on banana bread recipe over the year - I have divided my recipe in half, I have tried a combination of sugars instead of one, I have replaced milk with makeshift buttermilk (milk + vinegar), I have used more butter than the proportion stated, and I have divided the batter to bake in two small Pyrex glass containers instead of aluminum loaf tins.
I have experimented with everything the instructions tell you not to.
But once you know the basic concept, you will know that some things just work. For example this egg-free banana bread. It just works. The one important point to remember is to not add excess milk – the extra liquid in the banana bread batter will leave the bottom center portion of the bread uncooked (despite toothpick coming clean) while the remaining bakes until perfection.
This eggless recipe makes an amazing banana bread and is so moist; I do not understand what the eggs add to it?! Go ahead and make this banana bread if you’ve got all the ingredients at home. Unless the only thing you are waiting for is your bananas to get soft and ripe in a few days!
One-Bowl Eggless Banana Bread Recipe
Makes one 9x5 inch loaf tin, serves about 6-8 people
4 very ripe bananas
6 Tbsp oil or melted butter
6-7 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 Tbsp white or brown sugar
⅛ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1½ cup all-purpose flour (or substitute half with whole wheat flour)
Optional: ¼ to ½ cup nuts
You do not need a hand mixer, do not need to wash too many bowls, no parchment paper, and do not need eggs. All you need is one bowl, one fork or whisk, and one spatula to make, and one loaf pan to bake. Prepare a loaf pan by lightly greasing it with oil or butter, and dust flour in it. Preheat oven to 180C/350F when you are ready.
In a large bowl, mash the overly ripe bananas using a fork or whisk (they’re so mushy that you can easily use a fork for this). Add oil or butter + milk + vanilla extract + sugar + salt and mix using the same whisk. You can use a wooden spoon if you have; I don’t. Besides, the fork/whisk does the same job for me as long as I don’t whip too much.
Sift baking soda + all-purpose flour into the bowl, use a spatula to combine. Do not over mix the batter. The banana bread batter should not be thin or ribbony like cake or cupcake batter, and should definitely not be a dough like a regular white bread. It should be of thick dropping consistency. Adjust milk accordingly.
Now you can choose to mix the nuts within the batter, sprinkle only or the top, or half of both. Pour banana bread batter in your prepared loaf pan, bake for 60 minutes at 180C/350F. Do the toothpick test once at 45-50 minutes. Judge your timing based on whether there is thin batter stuck to your toothpick or just slight crumbs. When your toothpick comes out clean and your banana bread is a beautiful brown loaf, it is ready. Remove loaf pan on a cooling rack, leave for 10 minutes, and then flip the loaf pan to transfer banana bread onto the cooling rack, let cool down completely.
These are the banana bread loaves, adorned with lots of walnuts on top, that I baked in the small Pyrex glass containers. I suppose you can't tell from the picture above, but you'll be surprised how small these bread loaves are! Scroll down to the end and you’ll see what I mean.
What can I use apart from walnuts in Banana Bread?
You can use any other nuts chopped: pecans, almonds, macadamia, hazelnuts. Or skip nuts to use chocolate chips: therefore, you get Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.
What do I serve banana bread with?
You can have a slice or two of banana bread with your hot coffee or tea. You can drizzle the sugar icing (which I totally dislike) over your banana bread. Or serving with ice cream will never go wrong too.
It takes so long to bake Banana Bread; what can I make instead?
Banana Muffins. They take 20 minutes. Check my Banana Walnut Muffinrecipe here.
This Banana Bread recipe is so easy – if I can summarize the instructions for the ingredients above in one sentence: add and mix in one bowl in the order written and bake.
Couldn't get any easier, could it?
Enjoy.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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