I’m a shy baker.
I want to be a talented treat maker. I’d love to make homemade cookies and pies and bread, but the idea of it all makes me nervous. There is so much I don’t know about baking, so most of the time instead of learning, I just buy my baked goods. But that isn’t the Erin I want to be. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have no problem purchasing yummy deliciousness, but I want enjoy baking when I have the time.
A few months ago an acquaintance posted on Facebook about the banana bread she was making that afternoon. I hadn’t eaten banana bread in years, and because I had a few too-ripe bananas on my kitchen counter, I decided I wanted to make some as well.
Now, I didn’t know how to make banana bread, so I did what I do best – I asked Google. Have you ever googled, “how to make banana bread?” There are tons of recipes out there, and there are so many variations of what to include. I picked what seemed to be the most simple banana bread recipe, and it turned out great. Since then I’ve made banana bread quite a few times. What can I say? I tend to buy bananas and forget to eat them. Every time I’ve baked banana bread I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit, and I think I’m finally happy with the results.
I hope you enjoy!
- 3 ripe (or slightly over-ripe) bananas (sometimes I go crazy and use 4!)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of butter (melted)
- 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
How to make banana bread: The instructions
- Grease a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside. It’s going to be important in just a little bit.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Let it warm up while you combine all the ingredients.
- While the oven is heating up, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, beat the bananas, egg, sugar, and butter together.
- Next, stir the dry mix into the new gooey mixture until everything is combined.
- Pour the batter into the greased pan and pop it in the oven. It’s time to cook this banana bread!
- This next part depends on your own oven. It took my oven about 45 minutes to cook the banana bread, but it took a friend an hour in her oven. Do you know how to tell if your banana bread is ready? Use a toothpick to test the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, it’s ready!
I’m dying add to this simple banana bread recipe. The next one I make will either be a chocolate chip banana bread or an apple and peanut butter banana bread.