Banana Bread- staple or pleasure?

Quick breads have always been a staple in my family's household. The two most popular being the pumpkin bread and the banana bread.
The final product of this simple recipe...something warm, moist, aromatic, and delicious.
Home-made banana bread.

Banana Bread
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted then cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 small bananas)
  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt (use European style, it's creamier)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Spray an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until checked with a toothpick and done. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan, and enjoy.

I usually freeze the really dark brown bananas, but tonight I only had the spotted ones. I would definitely still eat these. The sweeter the better.  I still knew they'd make a great bread though.

Here's the star of the bread and its pals in the background.
Add all the dry ingredients together. Flour, soda, salt, and sugar.
Stirring with a whisk is easier than using one of those unnecessary sifters. Stir up the lumps!
Mix the wet in a separate bowl.
This includes the mashed bananas, cooled melted butter, yogurt, vanilla, and beaten eggs.
Mix this really well because when you add the wet to the dry you want to only mix it until it's incorporated.
Otherwise, you will have yourself a very dense bread with very little rise.
See! Do not overdo the mixing! You can still see flour in here and that is FINE. 
I'd say a good estimate to knowing you're done mixing is when you've done 20 stirs around the bowl.
Pour into greased loaf pan. I added some fancy banana slices on top just because I like the way they sort of part the bread when it's baked. You'll see.
Golden and crispy edges with a warm and moist middle.
Adding chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, a dash of cinnamon, or even peanut butter can spruce up a banana bread. I like the traditional slice of banana bread because then I can change up each piece when I eat it with a variety of toppings.
My favorite slice of banana bread includes:
Warmed up in the microwave
drizzle of honey on top
sprinkled with peanuts

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