Tuesday, March 20, 2012

You Really Can (Occasionally) Learn From TV

I have a basic banana bread recipe that I got from my mom, that she got from my dad's mom.  Everyone finds it delicious.  No need to mess with it.

But I saw a commercial on the Food Network, and in a 5 second mention Bobby Flay said to melt the butter before adding it to your banana bread recipe.

We had some old bananas to use up, so we made some bread yesterday, and I tried it with melted butter. 

Guess what.  Better.  Never would have believed it.  Melted is better than creamed butter.

Here's our recipe:

Mix 2 eggs, 3 overripe bananas, 1 cup of sugar, and one stick of melted butter.

Add 2 cups flour, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 tsp baking soda and mix again.

(We don't make bread with nuts, because my brother doesn't like them.  To the point that on Halloween he would ask every homeowner if the candy they were passing out had nuts in it.  If it did, he would ask if they had something else to give him.  Funny that I still don't put nuts in it, as my brother has only eaten my banana bread maybe once in 5 years.)

Bake in a loaf pan at 350 degrees for approximately 55 minutes.

Recipe doubles easily.  Bread can be frozen.  Can be baked in mini loaf pans for a shorter amount of time.

I don't know why, but Grandma and Mom always wrap the banana bread in Saran Wrap and then in aluminum foil.  So, of course, do I.

Have a lovely day!


  1. I don't like nuts in my bread either! And I am definitely going to try the melted butter trick. ~Heather @ http://lovelybeautifulsmiles.blogspot.com

  2. Heather, let me know how it turns out!

  3. Why ruin the worlds most perfect banana bread with nuts?
    I have tried melted butter, but I have not had much success. I did bake mango bread yesterday and tried something for the first time. I baked the bread in cupcake pand. They turned out really well!

  4. I've never tried anything smaller than a mini loaf pan, but I can't see why cupcakes wouldn't work. I'll have to try the mango bread someday.


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