Best Banana Bread Ever

Banana bread is one of our favorite things.  However, years of trying different recipes, never gave consistent results.  I got this recipe from my cousin, and it always turns out perfectly moist and delicious, the Best Banana Bread Ever.

Best Banana Bread Ever

Best Banana Bread Ever

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup ground nuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325°
  2. With an electric mixer cream butter and sugar thoroughly.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each.
  4. Beat in mashed bananas and vanilla.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon together.
  6. In a small bowl mix milk and baking soda.
  7. Alternately add the dry mixture and the milk mixture to the banana mixture. (You'll have to stir the milk mixture every time you add it, because the baking soda settles.)
  8. Mix just until blended - do not overmix or the gluten in the flour will start developing.
  9. Remove from mixer and fold in nuts.
  10. Place in prepared pan and bake 35-45 min. I use a 9x13 Pyrex, but if you use metal you can raise the oven temperature to 350°. When done, the middle will have a few crumbs that stick to the toothpick.
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