No. I was telling myself: no. No NO NOOO! I can’t bake again, i just made the cinnamon bread  and honestly there is just so much sugary dough one can eat, right? But there they were: three sad, browned, old bananas on the counter, talking to me. They said: banana bread is healthy. It is good for you. It is easy to make. Dan would love it. They also said wasting food is a sin. I listened.  I agreed. And I made a Very Good Banana Bread.

The name of the recipe is coming from when I first made this bread from the Joy of Cooking book about three years ago and after having couple of bites I started to write the recipe down for myself (the book wasn’t mine). I was writing it in Hungarian and  I put the title down : “Nagyon Jo Banana Bread” , meaning Very Good Banana Bread. I knew that it was a keeper recipe. The bread is tasty, moist, healthy, smells heavenly, everyone loves it and it seriously takes 10 minutes to put together. No kidding at all.

Here is what you will need:

See? I wasn’t lying about those bananas. They do look sad. You will need flour too 🙂 I forgot to put it there 🙂

If you have a standing mixer use that. If you have a food processor use that. If you only have a hand mixer that is great too. The recipe is not fussy. I used my food processor because I did wanted to be quick.

Mix the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl.

Put the sugar and butter in the food processor ( or in a mixer). Beat it for 2-3 minutes until it is creamy.

It should look like this:

Now start beating it again and slowly add the flour mixture. All of it. It should get dry, grainy and have the consistency of brown sugar. Like this:

I know, it looks dry. But not for long. Start beating it again and slowly add the two eggs.

Beat it until the eggs are incorporated and stop. How easy was that? Put the mixture in a bowl.

Peel your very sad bananas and mush them. Mush Mush Bananas. 

Add the bananas to the dough. Add blueberries if you fancy blueberry banana bread.    (I really fancy! ) Add walnuts or almonds. Add chocolate chips if you want the kids to love you. Add nothing 🙂 It will still be delicious. Don’t add more than a cup of extra ingredients. That would be too much. Once I added two cups of blueberries and the bread fell apart it was so moist! Don’t do that. 1/2 cup of blueberries+ 1/2 cup of walnuts is what I did here. Brake up the walnuts with the bottom of your cup.

Gently fold in all the ingredients. Get your bread pan out. Grease it. Pour in the delicious batter. Is your oven on? It should be on 350 F. If it is not on turn it on now!

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the toothpick sticked in the middle comes out clean. Don’t burn your hands. Tadaaaa!

Meet Very Good Banana Bread:

Slice Very Good Banana Bread:Eat Very Good Banana Bread:

Yummm yummmmm!

Very Good Banana Bread – Recipe

Turn on the oven to 350F.
Grease a bread pan.
Mix together:
– 1 1/3 cups of flour
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Beat with a mixer for 2-3 minutes:
– 5 1/3 tablespoons of butter
– 2/3 cup sugar
Slowly beat in the flour mixture until you will have the consistency of brown sugar. It will get dry and grainy. Slowly beat in 2 large eggs ( lightly beat the eggs beforehand).
Fold in until just combined:
– 1 cup mushed very ripe bananas ( about 2)
– 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans or almonds ( or all three)
or
– 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
or
– 1/2 cup  blueberries
Bake for 50-60 minutes, test it with a toothpick to see if its baked!
Enjoy!

XXOO

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