Banana Bread

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

1 1/4
cups sugar
1/2
cup butter, softened
2
eggs
1 1/2
cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
1/2
cup buttermilk
1
teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon salt
1
cup chopped nuts, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2 inches, or 1 loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.
  • 2
    Mix sugar and butter in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pans.
  • 3
    Bake 8-inch loaves about 1 hour, 9-inch loaf about 1 1/4 hours, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

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Expert Tips

  • No buttermilk on hand? Make your own “clabbered” or sour milk: stir in 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice or cider vinegar into 1/2 cup milk. Or use unflavored yogurt, thinned with a little bit of milk.
  • Mix up the nuts you use in the bread or substitute other types of baking ingredients, like chunks of chocolate, peanut butter or butterscotch chips, or dried fruit like cranberries, cherries, or chopped dates.
  • Don't want to make an entire loaf? Go mini! To make, grease bottoms only of 10 miniature loaf pans, 4 1/2x2 3/4x1 1/4 inches. Divide batter among pans (about 1/2 cup each). Bake 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Store overly-ripe bananas in the freezer until you have enough to make bread.
  • Cut up thick slices of the bread and freeze them for a lunch box treat or for an on-the-go breakfast, toasted and spread with peanut or almond butter.
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories
70
Calories from Fat
20
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
Cholesterol
15 mg
Sodium
95 mg
Potassium
40 mg
Total Carbohydrate
12 g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Protein
1 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1 Starch;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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