A Really Good Banana Bread Recipe

This week, I also made this practically perfect yogurt banana bread. It stays moist and is great for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Makes 1 loaf.

Adapted from: Classic Banana Bread Recipe | MyRecipes.com (Cooking Light, September 2003).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (or creme fraishe)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Butter to grease the loaf pan
  • 1 handful finely chopped walnuts, if desired

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended.

Add flour mixture; beat at low-speed just until moist. It is OK if there are still tiny bits of flour in the batter; you do not want to over beat the batter. Stir in walnuts, if using.

Grease your loaf pan with a small amount of butter, be sure to get it up the inside walls of the pan and into the corners. Pour the batter into the pan.

Bake at 350° for about 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack, then remove from pan and cool the loaf completely on a wire rack.

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