The Ultimate Banana Bread
Hands-on time: 15 minutes Total time: 1¼ hours Makes: 12 to 16 servings
Trust us: This is the best banana bread you’ll ever make. It uses the surprising (and mysteriously effective) technique of “marinating” the bananas in a buttermilk and baking soda blend to deliver a moist, buttery, sweet loaf that’s chock-full of banana flavour.
3 ripe bananas, mashed
½ cup buttermilk
1½ tsp baking soda
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
In bowl, stir together bananas, buttermilk and baking soda. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until combined; beat in egg, vanilla and banana mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Scrape into greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan.
Bake in 350°F oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes; transfer directly to rack to cool completely.
PER EACH OF 16 SERVINGS: about 220 cal, 3 g pro, 10 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 32 g carb (1 g dietary fibre, 17 g sugar), 35 mg chol, 200 mg sodium, 133 mg potassium. % RD I: 4% calcium, 8% iron, 8% vit A, 2% vit C, 14% folate.