banana bread

i tried the atk banana bread recipe since so far all the recipes out of that book have been pretty good.


banana bread
from america’s test kitchen family baking book

2 cups (10 oz) AP flour
3/4 cup (5.25 oz) sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 large very ripe bananas, mashed well (1.5 cups)
6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1/4 cup whole or low-fat plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup (2 oz) walnuts, toasted and chopped course (optional)

1. adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. grease an 8.5 x 4.5 loaf pan.

2. whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. in a medium bowl, whisk the mashed bananas, melted butter, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla together. gently fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined (do not overmix). fold in the walnuts if using. the batter will look thick and chunky.


3. scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, about 55 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking.


4. let the loaf cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and let cool for 1 hour before serving.

comments: atk says the secret is to have really ripe bananas. they also say you can freeze ripe bananas. anyway, this was another good recipe, except i should have baked mine a little less since i used a 9×5 pan. the edges were slightly dry because of that. this recipe is also one of the few that cameron and i can easily eat by ourselves. yummy as part of breakfast or for snack.

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3 thoughts on “banana bread

  1. wingus! I made this! made qualitative adjustments to account for altitude (7000ft here… it really DOES mess with things). Also I used chocolate chips instead of nuts. It turned out really well! i am going to do the coffee cake next.

    In other news:
    – I saw Julie & Julia on the plane and am inspired. I ordered “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and am looking forward to making the famous boeuf burguignon
    – Got my pineapple slicer. WAY cool, you guys def need to get one.
    – I used my Silpat to make cookies, it works really well. You just put it on top of the cookie sheet. easier to clean too.

    yay food!

  2. wow i want to see pictures of your julie child creations! i was thinking of getting “mastering the art of french cooking” too. haha are you gonna try making some aspics? where did you get a pineapple slicer???

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