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March 25, 2009

Banana Bread

Banana Bread is a great comfort food - it makes me feel right at home. This recipe is super easy, I've been making it for years. Anyone who's tried it loved it so hopefully you will too.

1 tsp. salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup white sugar
4 ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 chopped walnuts, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon) in a large bowl and set aside.
In a food processor combine the sugar and eggs (anytime you use eggs for baking make sure they are at room temperature.) Now for the bananas - some people mush theirs with a fork but I prefer to dice them finely. So, add the diced bananas, vanilla and oil into the processor. Mix everything until it is a homogeneous mixture. Then add the flour mixture by thirds. Mix everything just well enough to combine it. You do not want to overmix the batter because we're looking for an airy texture in the final product, not a brick = )
If you are using walnuts, add them at this point. Just take out the blade and stir them in by hand - we don't want to grind them up.
Now take a loaf or bundt pan and grease it up with butter to prevent a sticky situation. Pour the batter into the pan and bake from 40 min to an hour. A bundt will cook faster than a loaf. To be sure it's done, stick it with a wooden skewer or toothpick and check to see if it comes out clean. When the toothpick comes out clean it means your banana bread is ready.
Remove it from the oven and let it cool for about 15 min before consumption.