Recipe: Classic Banana Bread
- 2 to 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Optional add-ins: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruits
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas, melted butter, and granulated sugar. Mix well.
- Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl, and mix until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, stirring until just combined. Avoid overmixing.
- If desired, fold in any optional add-ins, such as chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruits.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
- Bake for approximately 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and let the banana bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Slice and enjoy the moist and flavorful classic banana bread as a delightful treat any time of the day.