Practically everyone has a recipe for banana bread. Right? And, Trader Joe’s has a pretty good box mix, if you’re in a pinch. But if you’ve ever tasted the banana bread at Starbuck’s . . . yum! It’s in its own category. Seriously banana-y and filled with walnuts. Delicious and addictive and pricey by the slice.
Well, I think I have come close to making it. I have some picky testers in my house. But they have both given me the ‘thumbs up’ so I wanted to post my recipe and share.
My secret — taking the ripe, spotty bananas and mashing them in a saucepan with 1/2 cup of sugar and slowly cooking them so the flavor intensifies. About 10 minutes. But don’t let them boil! My recipe for the bread is below.
Here's my recipe:
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
One stick of unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
A few shakes of nutmeg
Two ripe, spotty bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup halved walnuts
- Mash ripe bananas in saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup sugar. Stir, stir, stir. Let it melt together over medium heat for about ten minutes. But don’t let it boil!
- In another saucepan melt the stick of unsalted butter. Remove from heat and let it cool a bit.
- In a mixing bowl mix all dry ingredients. While mixer is going, add egg, melted and cooled butter, vanilla, and banana mixture. Mix for about thirty seconds. Add the 1/2 cup of walnuts. Mix gently.
- Pour mixture into bread pan that has been greased.
- Bake at 350 °F for about thirty to forty minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle can come out clean.
- Flip onto a rack and cool before cutting. Yum!