Never made banana bread? Or is your banana bread as dry as they come? Time to make some changes.
The first lesson for those learning how to make banana bread is to get the right ingredients. A good eating banana, for example, doesn't make a good banana-bread banana. Nice, firm, yellow, unspotted bananas are great for eating; aged, spotted, mushy bananas, however, are best for banana bread. A good trick is to take your overripe bananas and chuck them in the freezer, peel and all, until you're ready to bake. You can peel them, mush them and throw them in a bag, if you want, but it’s not necessary.
Find a good banana bread recipe
and follow it. Experiment. Make adjustments, if necessary. The core ingredients for banana bread include bananas, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, eggs, milk, and butter or oil. One all-important secret: if you prefer moist banana bread (and who doesn't?), find a recipe that calls for vegetable oil. You can even add in a little extra. Use, however, with caution.
One last thing on baking the bread: use a 4 x 8 inch pan for best results.
If you decide to add nuts to your banana bread recipe, be sure to treat your guests to high-quality nuts—pecans or almonds, for example. Just be sure to let people know your bread contains them, the last thing you want your bread to be remembered for is as an nut allergy bomb. You can also play it safe and leave them out but use other popular add-ins include chocolate chips, raisins, or cranberries. Be sure to check out Tablespoon's Banana Bread Recipe Collection
for other sweet ideas.
Although it's hard to improve on perfection, it is possible to improve the eating enjoyment of even the best banana bread. A simple slab of butter, melted or not, on a slice of banana bread will add to an already tasty treat. Those who enjoy making enormous amounts of desserts at a time can simply wrap the excess in aluminum foil, refrigerate and enjoy for days. Banana bread can also be frozen without harming its flavor.
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