Banana bread is loved by people of all ages. Nothing beats the taste of a well made banana bread. It is moist, dark and rich with an intense caramel flavor which gets better with age. The smell is amazing and fills your house from the moment it starts baking.. This is my personal banana bread recipe from my kitchen to yours. It will be, and I make bold to say, one of the best, if not the best, banana bread you have ever eaten.
(1) 400 Grams of Banana (About 3 Large Fruits)
(2) 260 Grams All Purpose Flour (2 Cups)
(3) 1 Cup Walnuts
(4) 2 Large Eggs
(5) 113 Grams Unsalted Butter (1/2 Cup)
(6) 150 Grams Granulated White Sugar (3/4 Cup)
(7) 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
(8) 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
(9) 1 Teaspoon Grated Nutmeg
(10) 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
(11) 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
(12) The zest of 1 Lemon
Note: Bananas should be overripe with dark sports appearing on the fruits. Bananas that are just ripe and yellow should not be used for banana bread.
(1) Prepare Bananas: At least 2 days before you intend to make this bread, place your overripe bananas in the freezer and leave for at least 24 hours. They can be there for up to a week. After 24 hours, the bananas should be dark colored and frozen solid. Remove the bananas from the freezer at least 12 hours before you intend to use them. They can thaw overnight in the fridge. After they have thawed, they will be very soft. Peel them and mash them in a bowl with a fork. The mash need not be smooth. These steps are very important and should be followed.
(2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
(3) Grease and flour a regular 8 x 4 loaf pan. Set aside.
(3) Melt butter in microwave or in a sauce pan over medium heat. Allow to cool.
(4) Toast walnuts for about 8 minutes in a pan to intensify their flavor. Chop into small pieces.
(5) Preparatory steps over, now it is time to make your batter. This is very easy as you will need only 2 large bowls: one for the dry ingredients and the other for the wet ingredients. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
(6) Next grate in the nutmeg and lemon zest, add the chopped walnuts and mix well to combine.
(7) In the second bowl, beat the eggs to break yolks. Next, add the melted butter, vanilla extract and mashed bananas. Mix to combine.
(8) Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not over mix or the bread would be too dense and heavy.
(9) Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until a tooth pick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
(10) Place loaf on wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan.
(11) Leftover bread (I doubt there will be any though) should be wrapped with foil paper and stored at room temperature. This bread gets better as it ages.