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Classic Banana Bread

Super simple and absolutely delicious, make this Classic Banana Bread with over ripe bananas. Enjoy with cups of tea and coffee!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Bread, Classic Banana Bread, Easy Banana Bread
Servings: 4
Author: Sakshi Kapoor

Equipment

  • Loaf Pan
  • 1 Large whisk
  • 2 large bowls
  • 1 medium bowl
  • Oven Thermometer (optional, but recommended)

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/3 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 3/4 cup Dark Brown Soft Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 large Extra Ripe Bananas
  • 1 tsp Demerara Sugar (optional, for sprinkling)
  • Walnuts a handful, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Start by gathering all the ingredients. Heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while you prepare the batter.
  • But first, prepare your loaf pan. Coat the inside of the pan with a few drops of oil. Cut a baking sheet for the length of the pan. Ensure that there is some overhang on the sides. Keep the pan aside and start work on the batter.
  • Start by measuring the dry ingredients. Please note that not all dry ingredients go together in this recipe.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon powder. Use a dry fork or whisk to mix this together and break any lumps. Add half of the roughly chopped walnuts and leave the rest for the final sprinkle. Keep this mix aside.
  • In another large bowl, measure and add the dark brown soft sugar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and vanilla extract.
  • Using a whisk, beat the mixture together to mix.
  • Next, add one whole egg at a time and beat together to mix. Once both eggs have been added, beat this wet mix till you don’t see any sugar crystals. You will also notice that on constant beating, the mix gets fluffier and slightly lighter in colour. Keep aside.
  • Finally, in the smaller bowl, add peeled ripe bananas. Use a fork to press and mash the bananas till they become a glossy mush.
  • Now comes the mixing of these three parts- the dry mix, the wet sugar egg oil mix and the mashed bananas.
  • Start incorporating the dry mix into the wet little by little. Be gentle and don’t over mix since we don’t want to form gluten. Alternate by mixing in the mashed bananas and the dry mix. Fold the mixture in gently till you see less and less of the dry flour mix.
  • Pour the prepared batter into the loaf pan.
  • Finally, sprinkle a teaspoon of Demerara sugar on top followed by the remaining chopped walnuts. The loaf pan can now go into the heated oven.
  • Ensure that the temperature is correct and let this bake for 35-40 minutes, checking around the 25 minute mark.
  • Check the banana bread by using a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the Banana Bread is done. If not, then stick it in the oven for 5-7 more minutes. But do not forget to check.
  • Enjoy this delicious Banana Bread with your evening tea or coffee with your loved ones.

Notes

  • My oven is not accurate and does not maintain an even temperature. I recently purchased an oven thermometer that helps me tell the actual temperature in the oven. I rely only on this thermometer while baking and a lot of my baking is at it’s mercy. What I’m saying is that each oven is different and it has it’s hotspots. If you think your oven does not regulate temperature accurately, then check frequently so as to not burn your food. I have learnt the hard way. But this thermometer really helps.
  • I also found a huge difference in my baking when I started using proper measuring cups and spoons. It's not for nothing that Baking is called an exact science.
     
  • Adapted from BA's Best Banana Bread