One of my favorite things to bake is banana bread. It's fairly quick and simple to make, and always tastes wonderful. It's a very moist, cake-like bread, with lots of banana flavor. I've used a few recipes for banana bread, and this is the one I used two weeks ago, from simplyrecipes.com. Ingredients you'll need to bake banana bread are bananas, butter, sugar, an egg, vanilla extract, baking soda, a pinch of salt, and flour, pictured here:
-2-3 ripe bananas, peeled
-1/3 cup melted butter
-1 cup butter (I highly recommend 3/4 or 1/2 cup, because it's already sweet with the bananas!)
-1 egg, beaten
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
The first thing you'll need to do is mash the bananas with a fork until smooth. It's kind of hard at first, but gets easier. Then stir in the melted butter.
Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour as well. Make sure everything is smoothly mixed in. The batter smells great!
Pour the batter into a 4x8 loaf pan (I only had a 5x9 pan so it turned out a bit flat). Remember to butter it!
Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). An hour worked perfectly for me. A toothpick inserted should come out clean. And while it's baking, it makes the whole house smell fragrant!
Here's the finished banana bread, which, of course, tastes best fresh and warm.
Banana bread is an easy recipe, great for beginners or people who aren't very good at baking (I can never bake a good cookie). You could add whatever you'd like -- chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit. If you'd like you could also put the batter into muffin tins and make muffins. I've only baked plain banana bread so far, but I hope to try adding in chocolate chips to make it even tastier (of course I'll need to cut down on the sugar added). While I don't plan to do that anytime soon, I do plan on baking blueberry muffins next week!
Author's Note: Sources: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/