At Long Last… The Banana Bread of My Dreams!

Making banana bread makes me feel thrifty. I nearly always have a few too-ripe bananas lounging around my countertop, and I'm not one to let food go to waste. (Ask my kids... sometimes I feed them relatively strangely-composed meals just to get rid of the stray zucchini, half-empty jar of orange marmalade, etc.)  There is only about a one-day window when my kids declare that the bunch of bananas I have purchased are the perfect ripeness for eating, after which the bananas are looked upon with disdain. I peel and freeze some of the overripe bananas to use in smoothies, but I haven't been pulling out my blender as much lately since my cat and puppy are both scared of it. Real life here, people... take it or leave it ...I spoil my pets!

When I bake banana bread, I always think of the thrifty women in my family before me who also made banana bread for their families. I think of my mom and grandmas and really enjoy the process of making homemade food.

Does anyone else have to make half the loaf plain and half the loaf chocolate chip for their families?

I have been testing out a multitude of banana bread recipes for the past 20 years or so, and I've never found one that matched all of my must-have criteria: not too dense, moist but with a non-soggy crust, good banana flavor, bakes all the way through, and easy to make.

By GEORGE, I think I've found it! I created this recipe by combining a few recipes I've tried in the past, and my family and I voted on this recipe as the clear winner. I feel like the sour cream was the secret ingredient. Typically I have used buttermilk in my banana bread recipes and have had a hard time getting the consistency correct... too chewy and took forever to bake all the way through (or never really did bake all the way through, during which times I dubbed the finished product "Molten Banana Cake" and fed it to my family anyway!

Here is the recipe:

There's no doubt about it: Banana bread is comfort food. Simple goodness. I hope you have as much success with this recipe as I did. I plan to make it again real soon. Surprise, surprise... There are three over-ripe bananas on my countertop today!

Happy Baking!


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