Classic Banana Bread Recipe

December 2nd, 2013 | Recipe

The holidays are upon us, with countless gatherings, parties and celebrations. And if you’re like us, you don’t like to show up empty-handed. It’s always good to have that go-to item to bring along with you!

We know what you’re thinking. We usually try and introduce fresh, healthy recipes to work into your healthy lifestyle. But everyone splurges now and then, and banana bread is a classic any time of year…especially warm and tasty during the holiday season! It’s also a great way to use up those over-ripe bananas sitting in the fruit bowl. Think of it as recycling.

Served warm or room temperature, banana bread is a comfort food that just hits the spot. Try a big piece to accompany a morning coffee and some great conversation, or have it as an after-dinner treat.

Banana Bread - Food Network Banana Bread Recipe
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Whenever you enjoy your banana bread, a delicious recipe is a must! We put a few recipes to the test, and our favorite is a Food Network banana bread recipe by none other than Emeril Lagasse. The chef is known for “kicking things up a notch,” but this banana bread recipe is traditional, moist and juuust right.

Give it a try, and let us know what you think! Here’s Emeril’s Food Network banana bread recipe.

Banana Bread Ingredients:

  • 10 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup toasted, chopped walnuts

Baking Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly grease a 9 1/4 by 5 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan with 1 teaspoon of the butter.
  • Puree the bananas, sour cream, eggs and vanilla in a food processor.
  • Sift the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fixed with a whisk attachment. Add the remaining 10 tablespoons butter and mix on medium-low speed until blended, about 30 seconds. Add the banana mixture in 3 batches, scraping the sides of the bowl and mixing on medium speed between each addition. Fold in the nuts.
  • Pour into the loaf pan. Bake until lightly browned and bread bounces back to the touch, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto wire rack to cool completely.

Put a Spin on Your Banana Bread

Want to add a twist? Adding nuts, chocolate or white chocolate chips, or raisins is a quick way to change up the flavor.

Do you have a great banana bread recipe in your family, or one you’ve fallen in love with yourself? Share it with us in the comments!

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