• February 4, 2016

    Moist Banana Bread Recipe

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    This, my friends, is the moist banana bread recipe you’ve been searching for. One of my all-time most popular recipes, this banana bread is a true Foodess classic. Light and tender, moist but never dense. This recipe produces loaves (and muffins!) that are perfectly fluffy, soft and full of banana flavour. 
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    The Secret to Moist Banana Bread

    So, what’s the trick to fluffy, soft, never-dry banana bread?

    Tons of banana. They make it super moist and flavourful. It stays tender and fresh for days.

    You’ll want to squirrel away bananas (4 per loaf) and let them blacken. I recommend making a double batch – freeze one (or even better, spread the love and share one).

    I always have a stash of “very ripe” (read: brown, mushy, highly fragrant) bananas in the freezer, peeled, and broken in chunks and stored in a freezer bag. When the bag gets full, I make banana bread.

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    How to Make Moist Banana Bread

    Wondering how to make the best ever banana bread?

    Here are my 3 top tips for making moist and fluffy banana bread:

    1. Preheat Your Oven

    Preheat preheat preheat. Your oven should absolutely be at the baking temperature by the time the batter hits the oven (this applies to all baking).

    2. Time Matters

    Also, the batter should get into the oven as quickly as possible once the wet ingredients hit the dry.

    Both of these tips are based on the chemistry of baking powder – if it is double-acting, it starts to work as soon as it is moistened, and then again with heat. We want to work quickly and with the right heat to allow optimal rising – the results will be fluffy and light, as desired.

    3. Do Not Overmix

    Equally important, never over-mix. You want to stir gently, and only until there are no more flour patches. Over-mixing produces tough, dense muffins and loaves.

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    Can you freeze banana bread?

    You sure can. Allow your banana bread loaf to first cool, then slice it with a bread knife, and wrap each piece with plastic wrap. I then store the individually wrapped pieces in a freezer bag, just to ensure they stay sealed nice and tightly. But of course… I am sure to re-use the plastic bags.

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    Moist Banana Bread Recipe

    This easy banana bread recipe is incredibly moist and truly makes the best classic banana bread. Simple ingredients make for a seriously award-winning loaf of banana bread that is as fluffy as a cloud.
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 55 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: Canadian
    Servings: 8
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

    Ingredients

    • 1 large egg
    • 2 cups mashed over-ripe banana (about 4 large)
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
    • 1/4 cup milk
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8 1/2- by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan by greasing it or lining it with parchment paper (allowing an overhang on sides). Beat egg, mashed banana and melted butter in a large bowl until thoroughly blended. Stir in milk.
    • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture and stir until just moistened. Scrape batter into prepared pan. (You can slice some banana rounds on top for presentation, if you like.)
    • Bake for 55-65 minutes, until toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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    Aurea

    5 stars
    Loved it! the walnuts add an amazing texture

    Hilary Lucyk-Chen

    5 stars
    This is hands down the best banana bread EVER!
    I only ever make this recipe now. I stumbled upon it a few years back and am now making memories with my 2.5 year old daughter who loves to bake along with me! Thank you for sharing this great recipe that will be handed down 🙂

    Andria

    5 stars
    I make this recipe at least 2-3 times a month and it’s by far the best ever! I sometimes add a little cinnamon, dark chocolate chips and walnuts depending on what I have on hand. Thank you for sharing this true winner!!

    Ani

    5 stars
    This recipe is the BEST! I don’t think I’ve ever made anything where I got so man at compliments of amazement! Thank you thank you!

    Sandra Simpson Reiss

    Sooo amazing,utterly delicious.
    I’m not a baker, but it turned out really well although it didn’t rise too much .
    Yummy

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