While I can add a ton of exotic ingredients to a recipe--and swap ingredients in and out to make it healthier--sometimes, we just find ourselves getting back to an old favorite, basic recipe. I make banana bread and banana muffins more often than most baked goods as I always seem to have an over-ripened banana or two in the fruit bowl. While I do make a healthier banana bread sometimes...and even banana bread French toast--this old-fashioned banana bread recipe is the quickest, easiest of them all--and is one of our family's favorite quick breads.
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Ingredients for my Old-Fashioned Banana Bread
3/4 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Softened Butter or Margarine
1 tsp.Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp. Milk
2 Medium Bananas, Mashed
2 c. All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Ground Cloves
1/8 tsp. Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp. Salt
Instructions for my Old-Fashioned Banana Bread Recipe
Preheat oven and prepare loaf pan. Prehead oven to 350F. Lightly grease the bottom of a standard Loaf Pan.
Combine the sugar and the moist ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and well combined. Beat in the bananas, egg, vanilla and milk until well blended.
Combine the dry ingredients. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and spices with a fork. Stir well to ensure that the ingredients are well blended.
Mix the banana bread batter. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl of creamed ingredients. Stir quickly and completely--but, until just combined. Do not overmix the bread batter.
Pour immediately into prepared loaf pan and bake. Bake the Old-Fashioned Banana Bread at 350 F (uncovered) for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
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