Tuesday, January 27, 2015

World's Best Banana Bread

You know when you find a recipe for something, and then any other time you have that food (not from that recipe) it just isn't nearly as good? That is this banana bread. It came from our church's cookbook years and years ago and the first time I made it, I knew other banana bread just would never come close. 

What You'll Need:
1 stick of butter or 1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 bananas, mashed (don't need to be old!)
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. lemon juice
(optional) chopped walnuts and/or chocolate chips 

What You Do:
1. Preheat the oven to 350. 
2. In a medium-large size mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and egg until light and fluffy.
3. Stir in the dry ingredients until barely mixed (DON'T overmix!).
4. In a small mixing bowl, mash the bananas until smooth and add lemon juice. I blend them with my hand mixer to get them really smooth. It's important to mix them separately or the bananas will turn purple when the bread bakes.
5. Add banana mixture to flour mixture and stir to mix.
6. (Optional but highly recommended!) Add 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup-1 cup chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
7. Bake for 50-60 minutes until done! 

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