Ever since I started to vacation in Maui and did the Road to Hana, I have been on a quest for a good banana bread recipie. Part of my vacation tradition is we would stop at the “Halfway to Hana” store and buy fresh out of the oven banana bread. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find anything comparable…until now! So here you go…my recipie on how to bake the worlds best banana bread.
1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3 – 4 bananas finely crushed (4 if you want some seriously delicious and extra moist banana bread)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking SODA
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teas spoon vanilla
1/2 – 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 – 1 cup walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix together butter and sugar until creamy.
Add in eggs and bananas.
Mix in flour, baking soda and salt (don’t over mix).
Add in chocolate chips and/or walnuts and stir by hand.
Pour into greased (use crisco) bread pan.
Bake at 350 for 55 minutes.
Bananas not ripe enough?
Not a problem…
There are actually several ways you can quickly ripe bananas to make banana bread in a jiffy.
The first, and best way, is to use a brown paper bag. The process will speed up even faster of you can add one or two well-ripened bananas or apples because the ethylene gases from ripened fruit will help with the ripening…this process usually takes about a day or two.
For an even faster way to ripen Van
The best way to quickly ripen bananas, you can use your oven or microwave. To ripen bananas in the oven just bake them (with the peel on) on a foil lined baking sheet for 15-20 minutes (until they are blackened). To use the microwave, just peel them, put them on a microwave safe plate and nuke them for about 30 seconds or until they are sizzling.
I’m far from a natural in the kitchen so if I can follow this recipe and have it turn out better than my favorite banana bread from Hawaii…I promise you, anyone can make this delicious banana bread!