I know it's still hot. I know you don't want to crank up your oven, but this banana bread is worth it!
For years I loved my mom's banana bread. It was a staple in my house growing up and here too, every time we had bananas that started to get a little overripe.
Until my eldest daughter brought a brand new recipe into our family. After she made this the first time, we started picking up bananas on every shopping trip. Lucky for us, she enjoys making this recipe and we've been treated to banana bread just about every week for the past few months. If you know how hot it's been in Chicago, you know we must really love this bread to suffer through the added heat.
I learned something new from watching her prepare it. Maybe this is a secret you already knew, but it was an eye-opener for me. We used to wait for bananas to get extra brown before making our bread. Our daughter pops them in the oven and ripens them on the spot. I never knew you could do that!
This is the most delicious banana bread I've ever tasted. We don't add nuts because my daughter doesn't like them, but I think it would be a great way to make this your own. What makes this recipe unique too, I think, is the addition of yogurt. The added moisture makes this more cakelike... yum!
Preheat oven to 350 and put four bananas in right away. Let them brown as you gather your other ingredients and put them together. Turn the bananas over after about 5 minutes, then turn them again. Get them really, really brown and soft. Careful - they will be HOT.
Spray a loaf pan with Pam (or similar)
Now, while the bananas are baking, you'll need two bowls.
Bowl #1 - combine:
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Bowl #2 - combine:
6 Tbsp butter melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
4 ripened bananas from the oven. The insides will be almost liquid at this point.
Fold the banana mixture into the flour mixture but don't over mix. The combination will be thick and slightly chunky.
Bake for 55 minutes
Cool in pan for 10 minutes
Remove from pan and allow to cool for an hour.
Serve. It will still be a little warm... and so delicious. Try this one next time you have a few bananas to spare. You'll be glad you did!
Yum...now to go enjoy a slice myself...