Time for another installment of Cooking with Kirby where I walk you step-by-step through an easy recipe! Last time we made chocolate chip cookies. Today I am going to share with you another super easy, quick recipe: a favorite of mine, banana bread! To get started, this is what you will need:
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
First, you’re going to want to preheat your oven to 375° F. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Set this aside for now.
In a large bowl, mix together your sugar & shortening. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula if neccessary to make sure everything gets mixed together!
|Before mixing, the after-mixing picture came out too blurry, sorry!|
Add in your milk & eggs (one at a time), beating until well combined after each egg!
Mash up your banana! It usually works out to about 2 whole bananas for me. This is my favorite part, haha! I just use a fork and mash it up in a bowl.
Now you’re going to be alternating adding your flour mixture & your mashed banana to the main mixture. You’ll want to do only 1/2 of each mix at a time, mixing until well combined after each addition. You also may need again to scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything gets combined!
|This is how it should look!|
The last step to the dough will be to fold in the nuts. Folding is a method of gentle stirring. Rather than stirring as usual, you will make a motion almost like you are creating a small wave of dough! I am not so good at explaining this one, but no worries, you basically just don’t want to stir very heavily since the dough is already combined, you just need to work the nuts into it.
Now you’re going to grease your pan lightly and pour the dough into a loaf pan (the standard measurement is 8x4x2 but anything close will work out fine!).
The original recipe calls for this to bake for 60-65 minutes, however I find that mine is typically done by 50 minutes, so it just depends on your oven! You will know the bread is done when you stick a toothpick into it’s center and it comes out clean. Let it cool for about 10 minutes in the pan and then if you desire, transfer it to a different pan/plate to let it finish cooling. I usually skip that step, but doing it will help the bread not stick to the bottom/sides of the pan when you cut it.
Now, enjoy! I like this bread with a little bit of butter and a nice cup of tea. Do you like these kinds of posts? Let me know in the comments!