Banana Bread

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Several months ago I happened upon a scrumptious banana bread recipe in an unlikely place… a kid’s magazine. The recipe below is just slightly adapted from Joanne Chang from the Flour Bakery in Boston, and was featured in kazoo magazine issue #3. The recipe produces a sweet, tender crumbed, delicate banana bread, with slightly addictive qualities. If you happen to have 7 ripe bananas laying around, you should definitely make 2 loaves!

I’ve made this a few times now with my 7-year old, and it’s definitely good for teaching her about fractions, and following a sequential procedure. However, there are a few steps, namely the extended period of beating the eggs and sugar, that are honestly not very kid-friendly. So, feel free to make this on your own in half the time it takes to collaborate with a kid in the kitchen! 😉

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Mixing dry ingredients into the wet ingredients

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and butter a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Sift together the flours, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a big bowl, beat the sugar and eggs with an electric hand mixer until they’re light and fluffy ~ about 8 minutes!
  4. With the mixer on low speed, drizzle the oil slowly into the egg mixture, so that it doesn’t make the batter collapse.
  5. On low speed, mix in the mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla.
  6. Stir in the dry ingredients with a spoon, until the flour totally disappears.
  7. Pour the batter into your pan and bake for 60 – 75 mins. It should spring back when touched. (This time it took 78 mins. to bake! I suspect that the time is variable based on the size and ripeness of your bananas.)
  8. Let cool for about 20 mins. and then slice and serve.

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Author: cardamomandcreme

I like to bake, garden, pick fruit, hike, and share good meals with friends and family! You can also follow my food adventures on Instagram @cardamomandcreme

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