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Old 11-21-2004, 10:38 AM   #1
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Best Banana Bread I've Ever Had!!!

I thought my recipe for banana-nut bread was great right up until this morning. The difference in texture and taste is incredible, and I will never make banana bread by any other recipe again!

The BEST Banana Bread

Butter a non-stick bread pan, then flour well. (The flour is really important for the bread to climb against while baking. I had not done that before, and it makes a huge difference!)

Combine and mix well the following dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside:
2 cups AP flour
1¾ cup sugar
1½ cup toasted coarsely chopped walnuts
1½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoon salt

In another medium bowl, coarsely smash 3 ripe bananas (use a large spoon or spatula and don't puree the banana as it needs to be chunky)

To the bananas, add and combine: (but try not to reduce the banana chunks)

2 large eggs, beaten
6 Tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1¼ cup buttermilk or plain yogurt

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently FOLD until the flour is thoroughly moistened and no longer visible. Pour into the prepared bread pan and spread the mixture evenly across the top.

Bake in a preheated 350-degree (F) oven for 45-50 minutes.

Before, I had mixed my batter in my KitchenAid, the wet stuff first, then added the dry and mixed some more. Making banana bread with this method yields a hearty, beautiful loaf that is absolutely delicious!

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Old 11-21-2004, 10:51 AM   #2
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I have been searching for that perfect banana bread recipe. Thanks again Audeo! :D
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Old 11-21-2004, 11:25 AM   #3
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my DIL makes the best banana bread I've every eaten, but she won't turn loose with the recipe, so I'm sure going to try this one! If it's better than hers, I'll make sure to make it the next time she's here. If it's not as good as hers, I'll wrestle her to the ground till she tells me the secret!!!

Thanks Audeo!!!
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Old 11-21-2004, 12:25 PM   #4
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First, Wasabi Woman, I like your attitude :D .

And Audeo. This looks like an incredible recipe. I will be tring it, but sith Splenda of course.. I hope the sugar isn't required for proper texture. I'll let you know.

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Old 11-21-2004, 05:24 PM   #5
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Goodweed, I'm certain that Splenda will work perfectly!

WW, do let me know if you need bail bond money, should it come to blows, because I'm gonna want to see that recipe, too!!! :twisted:

MJ, always a pleasure!


Edited to conserve wasted space...don't quite know what happened here! :oops:
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Old 11-21-2004, 07:56 PM   #6
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wow audeo that sounds incredible. thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us !
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Old 11-22-2004, 11:54 AM   #7
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Thank you, middie! Wish I could take credit for it, but the more appropriate one would be Otter for turning me on to America's Test Kitchen on PBS. Really, really dig the information in that show...)

This makes some off-the-charts banana bread, but one loaf at a time. The one from yesterday went fast and I fortunately had three bananas left over to answer the beg for more this morning...!

It will change your whole experience with banana bread, assuming you make yours differently, as I did!
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Old 11-22-2004, 12:33 PM   #8
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I can't wait to try this. I love banana bread and this one looks great! I always have a few ripe bananas in the freezer waiting to be made into bread :) Thanks for sharing Audeo!!!
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Old 11-22-2004, 12:45 PM   #9
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Hey Audeo, your recipe is very like mine, except we use chocolate chips instead of nuts (because of the allergies). All I have to say is YUM.
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Old 11-22-2004, 01:13 PM   #10
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I bet chocolate chips in this would be outstanding! Thanks for that suggestion, Alix!

I look forward to your opinion, GB!
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