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Best Banana Bread

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a glass or metal loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients together and set aside. Mash peeled bananas and set aside.
  3. Using a hand mixer, cream butter, sugar and mascarpone together in a medium-sized bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add dry ingredients, then banana, mixing well after each addition. Gently stir in chopped nuts.
  4. Spoon loaf mixture into prepared pan and transfer to oven. Bake for 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes away clean from the centre.
  5. Allow loaf to cool in pan for 1 hour before removing it. Slice and serve.
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A dense bread with that perfect ratio of fruit to nuts, all spiced up and baked golden brown…

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    130 MIN
  • 8 SERVINGS
Best Banana Bread

This BEST BANANA BREAD recipe never disappoints and always exceeds expectations.

It’s a staple up here in cottage country, perfect for breakfast or brunch. Truthfully, it works any time, so don’t be surprised if you end up snacking on it midday or right before bed. After all, when you have a moist banana bread that’s this good, you’re allowed to devour it!

If you’re new to baking, we should point out that this classic recipe comes with a caveat! Options, you can make it with or without our suggested spices. Because the finished loaf will be delicious either way, we like the aroma and flavour profile of the spiced version way more. Evidently the choice is yours.

Here are some things to consider when you make it:

Ingredients for our Best Banana Bread

CLASSIC FARE

Hurray! None of the ingredients are difficult to source. The three we think most important are the bananas, mascarpone cheese and walnuts.

Use medium-sized bananas that are fully ripened to give the bread a nice, natural sweetness. The mascarpone cheese is a bit unusual, but it keeps the loaf extra moist and super crumby. Lastly, the walnuts give this BEST BANANA BREAD a bit of bite and buttery nuttiness.

Whisking together the dry ingredients with fragrant spices

SPICE IT UP

The quantity and mix of spices in this recipe offer a subtle flavour profile that doesn’t overpower the banana. Stirring the spices in with the other dry ingredients ensures the spice profile is evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Batter in a bowl with chopped walnuts

Feeling spicy? Click HERE to check out the excellent Wiki article on culinary herbs and spices – fabulous!

Best Banana Bread baked in a glass loaf pan

LOVE LOAF

Banana bread is traditionally made in a loaf pan. You should watch the video attached to this story for a simple trick on how to line your pans. Who knew the parchment paper trick? It makes taking the loaf out of the pan a breeze.

Best Banana Bread

Now, if reading up on how to make banana bread has you thinking about baking other things, you’ve come to the right place. After successfully making this BEST BANANA BREAD, why not try our SPICED ZUCCHINI LOAF, OMA’S APPLE CAKE. You can also try one of our cheat cakes like our WHISKY CAKE or our classic HARVEY WALLBANGER. Baking is fun and so is sharing!

Best Banana Bread sliced and served with tea

Rich, moist and flavourful, this is the BEST BANANA BREAD ever. Make some today!

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Best Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon each: cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 packed cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese (or yoghurt or sour cream)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ripened bananas, peeled and mashed
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a glass or metal loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients together and set aside. Mash peeled bananas and set aside.
  3. Using a hand mixer, cream butter, sugar and mascarpone together in a medium-sized bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add dry ingredients, then banana, mixing well after each addition. Gently stir in chopped nuts.
  4. Spoon loaf mixture into prepared pan and transfer to oven. Bake for 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes away clean from the centre.
  5. Allow loaf to cool in pan for 1 hour before removing it. Slice and serve.

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