Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Banana Bread...

I always seem to find myself with some very ripe bananas...one day they are green, the next speckled and almost too ripe. I had four little very ripe bananas the other day and while the kids were home decided I just had to make them their favorite banana bread...the recipe calls for about two bananas...but I used all four that I had in the fruit bowl. It was inhaled...I used some little Panibois baking pans I had leftover from the holidays...One son is already back at school and the other is leaving on Sunday...the time flew by...In the blink of an eye it will be summer...and they will be back!
This is our favorite banana bread...I have made many and they are all good. But this one is the blue ribbon winner. It is always moist and just perfect, and even gets better with age ...This recipe made two Panibois pans for me...just perfect. They still took almost 50 minutes to bake.
from Martha Stewart...by way of my friend Becky.

Banana Bread
adapted from Martha Stewart

Makes 1 large loaf or 3 or 4 mini loaves 

1 stick butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temp
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 9X5X3-inch loaf pan or 4 mini loaf pans.

With electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating well.

Sift dry ingredients and combine with butter mixture. Blend well. Add bananas and sour cream; mix well. Stir in nuts and pour into prepared pan.

Bake about 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean (careful not to overbake; start checking early). Turn out onto a rack to cool.


  1. the best use for ripe bananas - looks delicious. i bet it smells awesome too.

  2. It does...
    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. now I know where to come when I need ideas for banana bread I’m glad I found this post…banana bread is so yummy...I know it is taste great

  4. Thanks Raquel...I appreciate you stopping by!

  5. I wrote we were twins..countries apart..in a comment yesterday..about pie plates:)

    Now I see Martha was knocking at both our doors for today's posts:) Love those wood bakers..Very cute..can u bake more than once in them?

    Such keepers banana breads..Bet the boys loved every minute..the last one savoring his last days..x

  6. Love you Sweet Nana...
    I think you can bake in them more than once if you have the parchment liners...but they are very fragile. So I tossed them after using...I just love them, they feel special...and when someone receives one it elevates a little banana bread to something special too!
    I will tell you secret...I think in reality I have even more pie plates than I thought I did! Lol!

  7. I also have trouble keeping up with ripe bananas. I've started to freezing them now I have an abundance of frozen bananas. this bread looks so good it's giving me inspiration to give it a try.
    Happy New year!

  8. You lucky duck:) An Ipad..Blogs look even MORE beautiful on IPADS I have discovered through my daughter's..Thanks for the tips:)

    Me too..frozen bananas:)

  9. I freeze them too....right in their skins...peel frozen before using...or you can peel them and put them in a plastic bag.
    Yeah...the pictures look really beautiful on the IPad....Santa
    Surprised me with it this year....I am lucky!

  10. Happy New Year to you too Pam...
    Glad to see you!

  11. Ask any mom and an i-don't-know-what-to-do-with-these-overripe-bunch-of-bananas problem arises every now and again. It does in our household. Thanks to your recipe, I'll have several options than just my old banana cake recipe. Will definitely try this! Thanks for sharing

  12. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. You are my hero Linda! I found 2 bananas in the fridge that had hidden under something... I can't bear to throw them out and would love to turn them into something nummy like banana bread... and you can't go wrong with a Martha recipe, bless her fat little head!

  14. You really gave me a chuckle girlfriend ! I love this one because it is made with butter...not oil....and the sour cream really makes it...I know it is only a lowly banana bread...but I think you will enjoy it with a cup of tea or coffee...and if you really want to gild the lily a schemer of cream cheese!

  15. Hi Linda
    I am trying again to leave a comment I am going to try something different and see if it works for me.


  16. Linda

    Thrilled when I have any little success on the computer.

    I had such enjoyable day yesterday baking and listening to your music on your blog.

    The banana bread was delicious and I really liked the finish look it had.

    I have been making tessy's banana bread from Mad Hungry and it is good but I like this one better.

    Thank you

  17. Oh Pat...so nice to see you here! Thank you so much for stopping by to visit! I am happy you enjoyed the bread...and especially the music!
    love to you!
    L xo

  18. hey.......do u think it will turn out soft and moist if i use whole wheat flour?

  19. I think it will be heavier...but why not try it. You might try half AP and half WW....or perhaps white WW flour...
    Let me know how that works out for you...I would love to try it myself...

  20. Hi Linda, this is my first visit to your site and I love it!
    I signed up to follow you by email and google reader so hopefully won't miss a post. I always buy bananas that somehow, miraculously, make their way into banana bread and like to try new recipes so thanks for sharing this one!

  21. Thanks Patty! I appreciate your kind comments...thanks so much for stopping by!

  22. Happy new year Linda and I hope you had a very merry Christmas! You are so sweet to drop by my blog. I ve been off blogging for some time. so many things to do and not enuf time :(.....and havent been visiting blogs either. All teh best for the year to you and yours.


  23. This is my favorite banana bread recipe too, Linda. I've made it for years and haven't found another that beats it.

  24. Good to see you Zurin...I know how it is!

    Cathy it is definitely our favorite...the sour cream makes it so moist!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  25. I just read about you on Nana's Blog and had to come and see. What a lovely little corner you have created.
    I had never heard of these little pans; now they will be on my must find list. your banana loaves sound wonderful

  26. Thank you Rita....so nice of you to come and visit!

  27. Dear Linda, This is my first time here! I love the music, the food, the photos, and the whole atmosphere!!! It has just brought a smile to my face today! Thank you!

    Your banana cake looks mouthwatering! Absolutely wonderful!
    Blessings, Catherine xo

  28. I always have that overly ripe banana problem too. Perfect excuse to make some warm, soft, fragrant banana bread. I can almost smell it through the screen. :)

  29. Thanks ladies....thanks for stopping by!

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