I’ve been writing this blog for two and half years and I can’t believe that I haven’t shared this recipe yet. Some of the best recipes are ones that shared between friends. Years ago, my company provided all kinds of free food to the employees which is now sold at cost using an honor system. Back then we had weekly deliverythat included fresh fruit. Bananas were usually the last fruit chosen and we frequently had blackened bananas sitting out in our lunchroom.  Some days the bananas would disappear and this delicious banana bread would show up the next day. After some research and a quick email I procured the recipe from a co-worker and it’s now the only banana bread recipe that I make.

Banana Bread

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (the peels should be mostly brown or even black)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of a loaf pan. Cream together sugar and butter in a large bowl. Stir in eggs until blended. Add water; beat about 30 seconds. Stir in remaining ingredients except walnuts until just moistened; stir in walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; for an 8-inch loaf 75 minutes; for a 9-inch loaf 55 to 60 minutes. Cool 5 minutes and then remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing. For best results, wrap in plastic wrap or foil and enjoy the next day.

The subject line of the email containing the recipe was “How simple is it?” and I definitely agree.