My Best Banana Bread

I’m really happy with this recipe. It’s better than the other breads I’ve been making lately, though they’ve all been tasty. This one just nailed it. Not too sweet, not too complicated, but decidedly special. Don’t pass over any instructions. I think they hold the tricks. And finally, my trying-to-be-healthier adaptations really don’t take anything away from this classic. Still keeping enough butter, plus the free-range eggs, and the bit of Greek yogurt keep this so moist without being too dense. The spices are just a touch beyond the expected and the pecans take it a level higher. Eat thick slices with creamy tea in the afternoons. Preferably, with a handsome someone you adore.

Banana Bread
Adapted from Gourmet, August 2003

Ingredients:
3 1/4 cups (812 grams) whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup applesauce
3 cups coarsely mashed very ripe bananas (5 large)
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/3 cups pecans, chopped

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 2 (9- by 5- by 3-inch) loaf pans, line with slings of parchment paper, lightly butter the paper, then dust with flour, knocking out excess. Beat together eggs and sugar in bowl of electric mixer at medium-high speed for 10 minutes. While the eggs and sugar are going, sift together the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt into a bowl. Back at the mixer, reduce speed to low and add the butter. Mix for another two minutes, then add the applesauce, bananas, yogurt, and vanilla. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in pecans gently but thoroughly. Divide batter between loaf pans, spreading evenly, and bake until golden brown and a wooden pick comes out clean, 55-65 minutes. Cool loaves in pans on a rack 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack. Turn loaves right side up and cool completely.

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2 thoughts on “My Best Banana Bread

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