Cooking with Miranda

Yes! We Have No Bananas

At least we don’t have any more.  I put them into Sunday night’s banana bread.  It was probably the best banana bread I have ever made and I’ve made a lot of banana bread.  Ever since I bought the baker’s mini box from Penzeys the spice has been flowing.  I swear by Penzeys.  Yes, there are more economical spices on the market, but they come in a tin and don’t smell like mine do.  It makes a huge difference in quality of end product.

My Best Banana Bread
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Moist and delicious, this banana bread has great flavor and texture.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  2. 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter (1 stick), softened slightly
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 3 ripe bananas
  5. 1 tablespoon of milk
  6. 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  7. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (I use Penzey's Ceylon Cinnamon)
  8. 1 teaspoon of nutmeg (I use Penzey's East Indian Nutmeg)
  9. 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  10. 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  11. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  12. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  13. pinch of fine sea salt
  14. 1 cup of walnuts or chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a standard loaf pan. I use coconut oil for this, as it doesn't burn like butter.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter together until fluffy. Add both eggs, one at a time, beating both well after adding. Add bananas, vanilla, and milk, then mix well. If your mixer isn't up to the task, you might consider mashing your bananas before adding them.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flours, salt, spices, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix well; a mouth full of baking soda chunks is never fun. Add this mixture a little bit at a time to the banana batter until it is complete incorporated. Fold in walnuts or chocolate chips if you are feeling cheeky.
  4. Pour the deliciousness into the prepared loaf pan and bake for a hour, or until your poking toothpick comes out clean and pretty. Allow loaf to cool for fifteen minutes before inverting it on a cooling rack.
  5. Once it's mostly cool, noms it.

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