Prep Time: 10-15 minutes | Cook Time: 1 hr, 10 minutes
Serving Size: ~10-12 slices per loaf
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- 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
- 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!
- 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).
- Add all bananas in and mix for another minute. Pour in milk, vanilla bean paste, and cinnamon and mix for another 20 seconds.
- Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix for additional 10-20 seconds.
- Add 2 cups of flour in and mix until flour is well incorporated, scraping down as needed.
- Add chopped walnut in and mix for another 20-30 seconds.*
- 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).
- 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.