The thing with banana bread is that you have to have overly ripe bananas on hand. When I say overly ripe I mean like severely offensive, should be in the garbage, has a potent banana smell to it, ripe. I tried asking the produce guy at Publix if he might have some good ones hiding in the back before they tossed them. He looked but sadly they had just gotten rid of them.
I was still determined… So I picked out the bananas that are sold as individuals, the unwanteds, the lonely nanners. They were the most ripe and all I needed was 3. My dilemma was still that they just weren’t offending me enough with their ripeness…
Muahahaha, my time machine worked! They were perfectly mushy and sweet and smelling like bananarama heaven!
-1 stick butter (unsalted)
-1 cup sugar (pictured, love this stuff)
-3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas ( I just used 3 whole ones without measuring)
-1 1/4 cups sifted self rising flour
-1 cup nuts (I use walnuts)
-1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1 tbsp cinnamon (my secret ingredient!)
First set your oven to 325 degrees.
Mash your bananas, I don’t like to make them super mashed, I like chunks of bananas in my bread, but this is to your liking!
In a new bowl make sure your butter is softened, I put it in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds.
Add the sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Mix.
Add flour, cinnamon, chopped up walnuts and chocolate chips and fold it all in. Don’t over mix!! You just want the flour to be moistened completely. The less you mix the softer and more delicious your bread will be. If you overmix, it will turn out tough and ugh, just don’t go there please!
Butter your loaf pan so the bread doesn’t stick and then pour in your mix. I like to top the mix with some more chopped nuts, chocolate chips and sugar to create a must-have crust.
In the oven it goes for 1 hour! When its done it will come out like this!
These breads are wonderful gifts too! This will definitely brighten anyone’s day!
Happy cooking foodies!