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Banana Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Delicious banana bread with caramelized bananas

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, easy banana bread
Servings: 10
Hanielas.com: Hani Bacova
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon optional
  • 7 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¾ to 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3 tbsp milk / room temperature
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
Caramelized Bananas
  • 4 large bananas, overripe or ripe are fine ( 1 and 1/2 cup mashed bananas)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
Instructions
Prepare Loaf Pan and Preheat the Oven
  1. Preheat oven to 360F. Spray loaf pan with non stick spray. I like to line the pan with a small piece of parchment paper, leaving about ½ to 1 inch overhang on each side of the loaf pan.

Caramelized Bananas
  1. Cut up ripe bananas into rounds. Melt butter (1tbsp) in a skillet, stir in brown sugar (1tbsp). Stir in cut up bananas. Cook on low heat, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Bananas will get soft and mushy. Mixture will be thick. Remove from the heat, pour contents into a bowl and mash bananas with the fork. (Measure 1 1/2 cup mashed bananas. If you have little less or little more it's fine, around 1 and 1/2 cup is what you need.)

Banana Bread
  1. Whisk together flour (2cups), salt (1/4tsp), cinnamon (1/4tsp), baking powder (1 and 1/2tsp), baking soda ( 1/2tsp), set aside.

  2. Into the warm banana mixture one by one stir in butter (7tbsp). Butter will melt as you stir it into warm mashed bananas. Let it cool to lukewarm while you gather rest of the ingredients.

  3. Then stir in milk (3tbsp), then add brown sugar (1cup), in a small bowl whisk together eggs (2), vanilla extract (1tsp) and add it to the banana mixture and stir well. Lastly stir in lemon juice (1tbsp). Stir well after each addition. Why are you adding lemon juice? Lemon juice neutralizes baking soda on its bitter taste in the baked goods.

  4. In 2 additions add flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Stir till just combined.
Bake
  1. Pour banana batter into a prepared loaf pan.

  2. Bake in the preheated oven at 360F for 40 minutes. Then rotate the pan and loosely cover loaf pan with a foil dome. Continue baking for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Then lift the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely.
Recipe Notes
DO I HAVE TO CARAMELIZE BANANAS?

If you don't have time for this extra step use overripe bananas without caramelizing them first. You'll need to melt the butter and add it melted to the mushed bananas. Rest of the recipe is the same.

I DON'T LIKE CINNAMON, CAN I SKIP IT?

Yes. 

I DON'T HAVE BROWN SUGAR CAN I USE REGULAR GRANULATED SUGAR INSTEAD?

Yes, it's fine to use granulated sugar.

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