Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: The Best Banana Bread Recipe

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Best Banana Bread Recipe

A couple of years ago I received the cookbook Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen by Trisha Yearwood. One of the best cookbooks I've ever received.

If you are a simple cook, like me, you'll love this book. Nothing fancy, nothing extravagant, just simple, easy, yummy food. When I saw her banana bread recipe I thought I'd give it a try. I have NEVER found a banana bread recipe that worked for me. Either it was too dry, not enough banana flavor, or just blah.

This recipe changed my bad luck! I'm not sure what it is....but it is melt-in-your-mouth good. And so simple, just dump, stir and bake!

Ashley's Banana Bread (Trisha's niece)
from Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen by Trisha Yearwood

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 large eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1 t. vanilla
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1/2 c. buttermilk (or regular milk)
1 c. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 loaf pans.

With an electric mixer or stand alone mixer, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Beat in the bananas and vanilla. Sift flour together with the baking soda and salt and add to the mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Fold in nuts.

Pour the batter into the loaf pans and bake for 50 minutes. Cool slightly in the pan before turning the loaves out onto wire racks to cool completely.

This is just one of the things I'm making for our friends who are arriving today. Can you believe we met them on our honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, over 3 years ago and haven't seen them since? We got married on the same day and have stayed in touch ever since!

We have a fun weekend planned of shopping, dining out, sight-seeing, and putting together a little party on Saturday at our house! So I will be MIA for a couple days, but please come back as yummy eats will be had!

And lastly, don't forget to vote for me in the Mom Blogging Contest - I am WAY behind! You can vote once a day up until April 26th.

23 comments:

  1. enjoy your fun weekend!!!

    also, thaty banana bread looks great! i love the smell of that stuff!

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  2. I love a good banana bread - adding pecans makes this so tasty!

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  3. Wow. That's the prettiest (and best lookin') banana bread I have ever seen! Looks delicious!
    Have fun with your friends! And I'm heading on over to vote for you!
    :)

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  4. Goodness mama mia! The banana break looks super moist! Oooh, can you share? Heheh. Thanks for the recipe.

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  5. I ma going to try this banana bread recipe. Sounds delicious. I am still after all these years looking for a good recipe to make banana bread.

    Enjoy your house guests

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  6. I just bought bananas today; I'm going to save some out to make this. I'm always looking for the perfect banana bread. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Sounds like an excellent banana bread recipe, definitely a must try!

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  8. I liked this banana bread recipe. I have posted my own recipes on this site http://www.eatyourveggie.com. Please check it out. Your kids will also love these recipes.

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  9. Sounds like an excellent banana bread recipe, definitely a must try!

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  10. I ma going to try this banana bread recipe. Sounds delicious. I am still after all these years looking for a good recipe to make banana bread.

    Enjoy your house guests

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  11. Goodness mama mia! The banana break looks super moist! Oooh, can you share? Heheh. Thanks for the recipe.

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  12. I love a good banana bread - adding pecans makes this so tasty!

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  13. Wow. That's the prettiest (and best lookin') banana bread I have ever seen! Looks delicious!
    Have fun with your friends! And I'm heading on over to vote for you!
    :)

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  14. I'm pretty sure the origianl recipe in the book called for 1 1/2 sticks of butter (3/4 of a cup) ... not sure if that would make a difference or not...

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  15. Wow. I did not see the original recipe on foodtv until now. It called for 1.5 sticks of butter, NOT 1.5 cups that's called for here. The bread while tasty, fell apart. It's almost like bread pudding. Please correct your recipe.

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  16. I have updated the recipe for 1.5 sticks of butter. Thank you.

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  17. I may be wrong in asking you to correct the recipe. After a day, the bread set, and was the most moist, decadent banana bread. My family & friends asked me to keep the 3 sticks of butter in from now on :-) lol. Thank you. Great blog.

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