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Perfect Banana Nut Bread

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Slices 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Perfect Banana Nut Bread is incredibly moist and dense and it’s delicious by itself or slathered with butter. Just a tiny hint of warm cinnamon complements the flavor of this delicious bread even more.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) real unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups very ripe bananas, mashed (about 4 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease the bottom only of a 9″ x 5″ x 3″ loaf pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  4. Add the melted butter and sugars to the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, (or use a hand mixer). Using the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugars for about one minute at medium speed, until the mixture is light and smooth. Add the eggs and mix for about one additional minute until the mixture looks light and lemony. Add the vanilla, mashed bananas, and buttermilk and mix for an additional 30 seconds at medium speed.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix at low speed for about 30 seconds, just long enough to incorporate most of the flour. Add the nuts and mix for an additional 30 seconds, long enough to blend in the nuts and finish incorporating the flour.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread the batter out evenly. Tap the loaf pan lightly on a countertop to remove any air bubbles.
  7. Bake the bread until it’s golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean., about 1 hour & 15 minutes. The baked bread should have a long vertical crack along the top.
  8. Run a sharp knife around the edges of the pan a couple of times. Allow the bread to sit for five minutes. Invert the bread onto a wire cooling rack and turn it over, with the top facing up. Allow the bread to completely finish cooling, before slicing
  9. Slice bread and serve at room temperature or slightly warmed or toasted.
  10. Store bread in an airtight container.
     

Notes

  • This bread freezes wonderfully.  Make sure to wrap it twice in plastic wrap, then heavy foil.  Date it and freeze it for up to 3 months.

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