Banana bread is a type of sweet bread made with mashed ripe bananas as the main ingredient. It’s typically made with a combination of flour, sugar, butter, eggs, baking soda, and salt and sometimes includes additional ingredients like nuts, chocolate chips, or spices.
The mashed bananas add sweetness, moisture, and a distinct banana flavour to the bread. Banana bread is often baked in a loaf pan and can be sliced and served as a snack or dessert. It’s a popular recipe for using up overripe bananas that might otherwise go to waste.
Here’s a delicious and easy recipe for how to make banana bread:
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 80g melted butter
- Pinch of salt
- 150g sugar
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 190g self-raising flour
- Preheat your oven to 175°C and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas and melted butter.
- Add in the salt and sugar. Mix well.
- Stir in the beaten egg and vanilla extract.
- Mix in the flour until just blended. Do not overmix.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top with a spatula.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the bread comes out clean.
- Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
Enjoy your delicious homemade banana bread!
Additional tips for delicious banana bread
You can also add some variations to this basic banana bread recipe by adding nuts, chocolate chips, or spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.
Here are some tips to make sure your banana bread turns out perfectly:
- Use ripe bananas: The riper the bananas, the sweeter and more flavourful your bread will be.
- Don’t overmix the batter: Overmixing can lead to tough and dense bread. Mix until the ingredients are just blended.
- Use a toothpick to check for doneness: Insert a toothpick into the centre of the bread. If it comes out clean, the bread is done.
- Let the bread cool before slicing: Letting it cool for at least 10 minutes in the pan and then transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely will prevent it from becoming soggy.
- Store the bread properly: Wrap it in plastic wrap or foil and store it at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the bread for longer storage.
I hope you enjoy this delicious and easy banana bread recipe!