Banana bread is one of my favorite snacks and desserts, so I thought it would be fun to try making it myself. It’s even easier than you think. In just six simple steps, you can have full knowledge about how to make banana bread finished off in no time at all.
Step 1: Set the oven to 350 degrees
Set the oven’s temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t preheat your oven, the bread will take longer to cook and become more likely to burn. And if it does burn in the middle of baking? Well, then you’ll have a sad banana bread that won’t be very tasty at all. So remember: preheat those pans.
Step 2: Mash the bananas
Mashing the bananas is the next step in preparing your banana bread. The use of a food processor is advised. If you don’t have one and are wondering how to mash bananas by hand for this recipe, I suggest using a fork or potato masher instead.
If you want to use an electric mixer on your banana bread batter instead of hand mashing it with a fork, go for it. The only difference between working with an electric mixer versus mashing by hand will be that the consistency will be slightly more uniform when using an electric mixer because of its power and speed (though not much).
Step 3: Mix in the eggs
Now that you’ve got your flour, sugar and salt in a bowl, it’s time to add the eggs. Use a fork to mix them together. Don’t add them all at once or they’ll splash everywhere. Don’t be shy about mixing the eggs either. They need to be thoroughly incorporated into the batter before moving on.
If you use a whisk or other tool for this step, you’re wasting valuable time trying to blend everything together when most of what’s happening is just gravity pulling down on one end of each egg yolk as it tries to escape from its shell (the same thing happens when you’re eating ice cream). Inside, the cooler temperature causes air bubbles.
Step 4: Add the other wet ingredients
The eggs, butter, and milk should all be combined in a medium bowl. Embrace the vanilla essence.
Step 5: Mix in the dry ingredients
Mix in the dry ingredients.
Measure out the flour, sugar and salt. Add them to your large bowl and stir until they’re fully combined. The mixture should be lumpy but not too dry or wet. It should feel like sand between your fingers when you squeeze it lightly.
Step 6: Bake for an hour until the toothpick test is successful
It must pass the toothpick test after an hour of baking.
- If you have a kitchen timer, set it for 60 minutes to 1 hour and let the bread bake in that time frame. Check on it roughly every 20 minutes while it bakes to see if it requires any attention. In general, when you insert a toothpick into your banana bread and pull out some dough (the consistency of Play-Doh), your banana bread should be done cooking.
- This can be done by simply removing a piece of bread from the pan and checking how firm/soft/crisp this piece is. If there are no large holes in the crumb but rather just soft spots where liquid has evaporated during baking time then congratulations. You have baked yourself one amazing loaf of homemade Banana Bread. Just don’t go eating all those slices at once.
Easy to prepare and delicious
The breakfast or snack option of banana bread is excellent. You can make it in many different ways and it’s a good way to use up ripe bananas.
And there you have it, six easy steps for making banana bread. If you want to vary your typical breakfast routine, this recipe is a great choice. The fact that it works well as a snack or dessert makes it suitable for any time of day.
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