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The occasional recipe: banana bread

What a couple of weeks we've had with the loss of some precious, protected animals. While they're still heavy on our minds, we need a respite from the emotional strain that comes with worrying about our natural world. Sometimes a little sweet comfort can be found in baking and to that end, I want to share a simple, tried-and-true recipe that I know will be a hit. The best banana bread I've ever made is James Beard's recipe-- it's uncomplicated, luscious, moist, and just flat-out delicious.

James Beard's Banana Bread Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 stick of butter, room temperature

1 cup of sugar

2 overripe bananas

2 large eggs

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/3 cup milk

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2) Lavishly grease the bottom and sides of a 9 X 5 X 3-inch loaf pan.

3) Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Mix well.

4) In another medium-sized bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, beat butter until creamy. Gradually add sugar and blend with the butter. Add bananas and eggs and blend thoroughly. Finally, beat in apple cider vinegar and milk.

5) Gently fold the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, adding the flour mixture in stages until completely combined. Don't overmix.

6) Pour batter into loaf pan and bake at 350 for approximately 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the bread. Allow to cool on rack for 10 minutes before serving, or cool completely and wrap in foil for storage in the freezer for up to 3 months.

9 comments

Dec 27, 2016 • Posted by Victoria Binkiewicz

Zucchini bread is my favorite but I never turn down a good banana bread!!!

Feb 06, 2016 • Posted by Brittany

Banana nut bread is a classic and a comfort food!

Aug 11, 2015 • Posted by Janina

Making this tonight. Sounds good.

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Vicki Hernandez

Ooooh, I’ll have to try this recipe!! Haven’t made this in years. I try to hide some bananas to get nice and ripe but someone always finds them!! I’m going to make them with walnuts!

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Denise

Yum! Banana bread is a favorite!

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Sherry Carter

My son Wyland loves banana bread!! Gonna try this recipe!

Aug 08, 2015 • Posted by Connie

I love banana bread and I’ve always used my mom’s recipe, but I will have to give this one a try!

Aug 07, 2015 • Posted by Francine

Oh man Banana Bread is my weakness. A nice slice with butter then broiled tell it is crunchy. Guess what I need to make. I think I will try your recipe.

Aug 05, 2015 • Posted by Orla

Looks great, my son loves bannana bread, yum. I usually give in and add chocolate though!

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