Peg Cole is a self-taught cook who shares favorite recipes and methods of cooking and baking.
Banana Bread with Walnuts or Pecans
Easy to Bake
There's really no mystery to making home made baked goods. Like anything else, it takes a little patience and the ability to follow directions. In many recipes, adding ingredients in the order specified makes a big difference in the outcome. With this recipe the bread turns out terrific no matter what order in which you mix it even for first-time bakers.
When bananas turn just a bit over-ripe, they're perfect to use in this recipe. It's a great way to use up those spotted bananas that no one seems to want. Even if your baking skills are limited this easy recipe with step-by-step pictures will get you through the process.
The best way to be sure you have everything you need for this recipe is to gather all the ingredients and equipment into one area of the kitchen. When adding an ingredient, move the box or container from one side of the mixing area to the other side. This makes it easy to remember what has been added and what remains.
Softening the Butter
- 1/3 cup butter
- 2/3 cup sugar, granulated
- 2 eggs, large
- 1/3 cup milk, 2% or whole
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 - 3 bananas, ripe, mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour, all purpose
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons shortening, to grease the pan
Grease and Flour the Baking Pan
Greased and Floured Bread Pan
Loaf pan, glass or metal 9 x 5”
Dry measuring Cups
2 Dinner knives
Preparing the Bananas
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (f).
- Soften the butter. To speed up the process cut the butter into tablespoon-sized slices rather than using the microwave.
- Grease and flour a 9 x 5 inch bread pan. Use a paper towel or your fingers to spread two tablespoons of solid vegetable shortening, like Crisco, or butter evenly coating the bottom and sides of the bread pan. Wipe out any excess with a paper towel. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of flour over the shortening and shake the pan to distribute the flour evenly. Shake out any excess flour by tapping the bottom of the pan over the trash or the kitchen sink.
- Preparing the bananas: Peel and slice the bananas into a separate bowl. Use a dash of lemon juice to keep the bananas from turning brown while you work. Slice the bananas into smaller pieces using a crisscross motion with two kniver. Stir the vanilla extract and the milk into the bananas and mix together.
- Measure the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and combine the dry ingredients with a whisk.
Slicing the Bananas
Combine the Bananas, Vanilla and Milk
Measure the Flour into a Separate Bowl
Mix the Flour, Baking Powder, Soda and Salt
Making Your Own Buttermilk or Sour Milk
If you don't have sour milk or buttermilk, you can substitute regular milk with one tablespoon of lemon juice added. This ingredient helps the bread rise beautifully while baking.