Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for preparing the pan
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 very ripe bananas, peeled, and mashed with a fork (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces

Method:

  • Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl, set aside. Whisk the eggs and vanilla together in a liquid measuring cup with a spout, set aside. Lightly brush a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan with butter. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with an electric hand-held mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually pour the egg mixture into the butter while mixing until incorporated.
  • Add the bananas (the mixture will appear to be curdled, so don’t worry), and remove the bowl from the mixer.
  • With a rubber spatula, mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the nuts and transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  • Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
  • Turn the bread out of the pan and let cool completely on the rack.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap. The banana bread is best if served the next day.