There is no shortage of banana bread recipes on the internet. However, for classic recipes like this, when facing down the thousands of options, analysis paralysis can strike, and it can be really hard to find one you love and trust. Let me take out the work of searching and sifting through those recipes, and introduce you to, in my view, the last you’ll need: my ultra-moist banana bread.
I would consider this a very bakery-style banana bread: rich, moist, with deep flavor from lots of brown sugar and a confident amount of bananas. I like making quick breads like banana bread in a pullman loaf tin, which is more squared off and narrow, producing a taller loaf, instead of a 9×5-inch tin. This is purely for aesthetic reasons — you can use whatever loaf tin you have.
1. When it comes to bananas, size matters. Get your head out of the gutter! This recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of ripe, mashed bananas. However, depending on their size, you may need anywhere from three, four, or maybe even five bananas. I would recommend double checking and measuring your mashed bananas with a measuring cup.
2. Not sure if it’s done? Take its temp! Quick breads like banana bread take a long-ish time to bake. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if they’re done, even if you use a cake tester or wooden skewer. If you have a digital food thermometer, stick it in the center of the bread and it should read between 200°F and 205°F.
3. How ripe is ripe enough? We’re not looking for bananas with just a few brown spots dotting them. Bananas are perfect for bread when they are mostly brown because that’s when they release the most juices, lending more flavor and moistness to the final product.
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