Banana Bread with Walnuts

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hr, 10 minutes

Serving Size: ~10-12 slices per loaf

Podcast Recommendation: BBC Documentaries Podcast: Reflections: Islam, People and Power Boxset. As the first in a series of podcasts examining Islam, Safa al Ahmad reflects on Islam as a religion, political philosophy, social contract, etc. through her own experience growing up in the Middle East and with experts/academics.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tbsp butter (1 stick), microwaved for 20 seconds
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-3/4 walnuts, roughly chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Butter a loaf pan and then put a little bit of flour in and roll around the pan by physically moving/tilting the pan. This makes it easier to pop the loaf out once it’s done cooking!
  2. Cream the sugar and butter with hand or stand mixer (low to medium speed) until light and fluffy (about 1 minute). Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition (about 20-30 seconds per egg).
  3. Add all bananas in and mix for another minute. Pour in milk, vanilla bean paste, and cinnamon and mix for another 20 seconds.
  4. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix for additional 10-20 seconds.
  5. Add 2 cups of flour in and mix until flour is well incorporated, scraping down as needed.
  6. Add chopped walnut in and mix for another 20-30 seconds.*
  7. Pour butter into prepared pan and bake 1 to 1 hr 10 min.** Bread should not wiggle when you pull the pan out to check on it (or you can use your own doneness test, such as with a toothpick).
  8. Wait at least 5 minutes until bread has cooled and then pop out of the loaf pan. Cut and eat!

Recipe adapted from Food Network.

* At this point I added Christmas sprinkles, which melted unrecognizably into the bread. You can skip this step.

** I set the timer for 1 hr and then an additional 10 minutes thereafter when it was not done at 1 hr.

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