I love this recipe so much I’ve made it four times in the past month. Four times. And I’m not usually one for banana bread. (Zucchini bread holds the number one spot in my heart when it comes to quick bread.) The original recipe, which is from Cooking Light, is called Classic Banana Bread; I’ve taken the liberty of renaming it Best Banana Bread. Because it really is.
I kept the original recipe intact and only made a couple changes:
- Increased the vanilla from 1 teaspoon to 1 1/2 teaspoons, and also added 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste and 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract.
- Added 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon…not really enough to be able to pull out the flavor of cinnamon, but enough to add a little intrigue to the background.
This bread definitely has that classic banana bread taste and texture; it is softly scented of banana and vanilla, with a soft, moist crumb. I thought it was perfect in its simplicity, but if you’re in the mood to jazz up the flavor a bit, you could add walnuts and/or increase the amount of cinnamon.
For the past few months since I’ve discovered this recipe (ok, truthfully, it was last Easter), it has been my go-to whenever I find myself with over-ripe bananas…which is usually at least two or three times a month. And we still can’t get enough!
Do you have a favorite banana bread recipe?
Update (1/17/2013): Because of the large number of people who have emailed me asking for the full recipe with the changes I made, I updated the post to include it here…enjoy!