Banana Bread~

I haven’t made banana bread in nearly 15 years.  My kids all ate bananas as toddlers, but when that stage was through, this fruit became banana non grata in our household…and it wasn’t because I forced them to take banana flavored liquid Dramamine before our cross country vacations through the plains and over the Rocky mountains in an unairconditioned station wagon (which is why my siblings and I boycotted banana anything for years).  So it was a bit of a shock when my oldest asked if I could make banana bread.  What?  Where did this request come from?  I picked up bananas the next day and left them to ripen on the kitchen counter.
The bananas were fragrant and perfectly spotted by Memorial Day. I opened one of my recipe binders and right on top was a sheet I had printed off the Internet in 2006 for “Indescribably Delicious Banana Bread.”  I couldn’t resist trying a recipe with a name like that.  It also had a brown sugar nut glaze, but I didn’t guild the lily this time.  The resulting bread was perfect…a lovely crumb, dense and moist…just the way a quick bread should be.  After a lengthy hiatus from all things banana, I think I found a new favorite banana bread recipe.
Banana Bread…adapted from The White Oak Restaurant on Buffalo Lake

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease and flour two 9 x 5 loaf pans.  Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar in large bowl.  Combine mashed bananas with eggs, vanilla and buttermilk.  Add banana mixture to butter and sugar.  Mix well.  Sift flour, soda and salt.  Add to banana mixture.  Mix till just combined…quick breads should not be beaten or over mixed.
Divide batter between two prepared pans.  Bake 45-50 minutes, till bread pulls away from the sides of the pans and toothpick inserted in the centers of the loaves comes out clean.  Cool.
To take this banana bread over the top, you may want to try this topping:
6 tablespoons butter
10 tablespoons dark brown sugar
5 tablespoons milk
1 cup chopped pecans

Melt butter in  a saucepan.  Add sugar and milk and cook till thickens and becomes syrupy.  Remove from heat and add nuts.  Pour over bread and carefully broil till topping bubbles and browns.  Attend bread while under the broiler to avoid burning the topping.

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  1. Lizzy, this sounds wonderful. Banana Bread is my 10 year old niece’s favourite recipe to make when she has a sleep over at my house. We will make this recipe for a change. Who could resist a recipe that starts “Indescribably Delicious …”

  2. 15 years!!Well, this certainly makes up for lost time.

  3. This looks yummy! So moist… it would be perfect with a cup of tea (or even better with my espresso)!!!!

  4. I have used the same recipe for 30 yrs now, have six loaves in the freezer, we have banana’s go bad quick in Florida, so either i freeze the extra mashed to use later or make banana bread. Looks like its time to try an new recipe this looks great, and have some ready to go ! love that second picture~

  5. Looks delicious! It’s been awhile since I’ve made banana bread, mainly because we love putting bananas on our cereal!

  6. Juanita says:

    I adore banana bread! Although, I tend to add cinnamon rather than vanilla to mine. Buttermilk is a real winner in making breads extra moist and tender.
    Martha Stewart’s banana bread recipe available on her site is also quite a good one. If I remember correctly, it uses sour cream (super decadent and very melt-in-your-mouth-ish).

  7. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    Looks delicious! Haha I’m in the middle of making banana bread stage as kids eat bananas and we also get brown banana when we can’t finish. I’d love to try yours to switch the taste a bit. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I haven’t had banana bread since the last loaf my grandma made when I was still in middle school. I really need to give this a try since everyone in my house loves it. It looks delicious. Yummy!

  9. Lovely banana bread! But bananas here are so insanely expensive.. 1 banana is 3.5$! So I guess I will wait 🙂

  10. I love banana bread. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
    Aimee

  11. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    I love banana bread…I buy extra bananas so that I will have an excuse to make it! I don’t have a recipe that calls for buttermilk but will try that next time. I love buttermilk in baked goods!

  12. Banana Bread is such a classic! Yours looks beautifully done! I can’t wait to try out your recipe.

  13. Three-Cookies says:

    banana non grata – really? Glad to see its reversal and banana being given another chance!

  14. Looks perfect! Hopefully you have found a new reasons to get Banana’s back in your house! My son loves them!

  15. Good morning Lizzy! I love banana bread when I was a child Mom make us and we loved! this look amazing, many times I dont make, look nice, thanks for sharing, gloria

  16. sherri lynn says:

    I’ve tried so many different banana bread recipes, but never one with this kind of topping! It sounds SO good!

  17. I absolutely love banana bread!!! Great recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  18. The Slow Roasted Italian says:

    This sounds wonderful, with a glaze and all. Wow!

  19. ButterYum says:

    I haven’t made banana bread for years, mostly because we prefer to use leftover bananas to make the To Die For Banana Cake w/Vanilla Bean Frosting that I posted in January. With that said, I must admit, your recipe sounds pretty tantalizing – especially with that topping. Will definitely be saving this recipe. Thanks, Lizzy!

    http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2011/01/to-die-for-banana-cake-with-vanilla.html

  20. Whoa, that brown sugar glaze sounds all sorts of good…but you’re right, banana bread is so good on it’s own, it hardly needs it! Yours looks gorgeous.

  21. love banan bread always

  22. K and S says:

    love banana bread especially with lots of walnuts in them!

  23. Mary ♥ Mur says:


    oh.. so nice post.)
    Love your blog.))

    I now spend a survey of bloggers with such questions.
    1. Why did you create a blog?
    2. For whom you taking him? Want to be popular?
    3. How long will it keep going?

  24. I am staring at 3 very brown bananas that are soon to become this recipe!

  25. MMMMmmmmmmmm…never met a banana bread I did not like. This one look great…a good way to use up leftover buttermilk I always seem to have!

  26. Woah! 15 years! Well, it looks like you haven’t lost your magic banana bread touch! I can almost smell it through my computer screen!

  27. Bananas seem to come and go, I get tired of them and then I crave them. I have bookmarked to try this recipe when the craving comes along. thanks for sharing.

  28. Kathleen says:

    Your banana bread looks and sounds really yummy!

  29. That topping is scrumptious Liz as well as the bread itself.

  30. I have bananas at the back of my counter, too. Maybe I should give this recipe a try!

  31. This banana bread looks scrumptious Liz! Very similar to my Grandma’s recipe, which I love! I can see why this bread is so irrisistable! I think I would have the entire loaf eaten in no time ;)! Hope you have a wonderful week :)!

  32. Gretchen Biggs says:

    Gretchen Weber had THE BEST recipe for Banana Bread…It was pretty similar to this…I’ll have to see how they compare!!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Lizzy…your banana bread looks so good….. love it with pecans or walnuts. Thanks for sharing one of your recipes and pics. :-)))

    Erica/Teacup/Irene….lol.

  34. The Mom Chef says:

    Yea! I keep trying banana bread on my family but they say they don’t like bananas any way but as the fruit. So I buy them and they get black (as a few are on the counter right now). I’m making this, doggonit! It looks incredible and if it has your seal of approval, it’ll be awesome.

  35. Lauren Hairston says:

    There’s actually a loaf of banana bread baking in my Zojirushi as we speak! I just use the Alpha Bakery recipe I’ve been using since before I could bake by myself. My husband’s obsessed with it.

  36. What a great name for a recipe! I love it.

  37. Wow – looks delicious! To me…it’s the buttermilk that would take it right over the top…I love the flavor it gives baked goods! BTW – I am already subscribed, but I “followed” you on Google – I love the little picture blocks – it’s like having your friends with you all the time!

  38. P.S. You’re right…that skinny chick CAN bake!

  39. Aw, thanks, Ann!

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments…I’m going to pull out the second loaf from the freezer for breakfast tomorrow 🙂

  40. Parsley Sage says:

    I dig me some banana bread. I like to sneak some chocolate or butterscotch chips into mine for some extra naughtiness 🙂 Thanks for sharing your new favorite!

  41. createwithmom says:

    Lizzy banana bread looks delicious
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom

  42. My Home Diary in Turkey says:

    this is looking irresistable Liz ! thx for sharing ^,^

  43. Annie Oakley's Kitchen says:

    I too, haven’t made banana bread in quite some time. Thanks for the reminder, it looks delicious!

  44. The Mom Chef says:

    Ok…this is printed out and I’m heading in the kitchen. Making a loaf for us and a loaf for the vet friend that came to confirm that Bailey was at the end of her precious canine life. I can’t wait to taste this!

  45. The Vanilla Bean Baker says:

    I love banana bread! It’s almost a staple in my house. So easy to whip together and smells so great baking. A quick snack anytime of the day. I’ve often added chocolate chips to the recipe…my SIL loves it when I do that. Your bread looks great, I’m sure your kids were happy 🙂

  46. I’ve never thought to use buttermilk! great idea! I like to add sour cream to my banana bread..makes it very moist

  47. briarrose says:

    Beautiful bread. Banana is one of my favorite quick breads.

  48. Lovely bread! I love banana bread…it’s actually a staple in our house! When my grandchildren come to visit, I always make a loaf.

  49. Who doesn’t love banana bread? I’m so glad your oldest requested this and brought back the happiness that comes with bananas 🙂 Although, I must say–those must have been some family adventures you guys had!

  50. I don’t eat bananas (working on it) but I love banana bread! This looks perfect.

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