I have a confession. I don’t actually like bananas on their own. It’s a texture issue really… But I never actually admit this to anyone. So when I buy bananas, I let them sit on my counter. For a long time. When people come over, they’ll say things like, “Oh, that’s awful! Your bananas went bad!” Or, “Ugh, can you believe how quickly fruit spoils these days?!” And, I’ll commiserate. But, really, inside? I am dancing with glee! And singing to myself, “Banana bread! Banana Bread! It’s Banana bread time!” Because, yes, that’s right. The *only* reason that I buy bananas is to make banana bread.
But another funny confession about me and banana bread? I never make the same recipe twice. I’m compulsive. Even if I’ve loved it, I keep searching for that one *perfect* loaf. This one, though, fits many of my criteria: it’s moist, very strongly banana-ish, and has none of those pesky, distracting nuts.
- 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 5 medium over-ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/8 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Before making the dough, you’ll need to first preheat the oven to 350° and butter and flour a normal sized loaf pan. Then, pull out two bowls. In the first bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour through salt), and set aside. In the second bowl, combine the sugar and eggs, and, using an electric mixer, beat the egg/sugar mixture on high for about 10 minutes, or until thick, pale, and the mixture fails off the beaters in ribbons. Then, on low, beat in the remaining ingredients until well-combined. Lastly, fold in the dry ingredients. Pour the batter into your loaf pan, and place in oven. The bread should be done after 1-1 1/4 hours, when a toothpick (or, if you’re fancy, and have an actual cake-tester) inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Cool the bread in the loaf pan for two minutes, and then carefully remove, and let cool on a cooling rack for about 1 hour. Then, enjoy!!!
*Adapted from this Epicurious recipe. I added more bananas, used whole wheat flour, cut out a little sugar (my bananas were very sweet), substituted sour cream for crème fraîche, increased the cinnamon and vanilla, took out the walnuts, and cut the recipe in half.