Hi and welcome to this edition of Quarantine Cooking: Banana Bread edition! Like millions of you, I’m still bored in the house and I’m in the house bored. So what better way to spend my time than baking banana bread?!
I know, I know. There are about a zillion b-bread recipes out there and we all have our favorites. I’m putting mine out into the world because Matt says it’s his favorite so, like, you should give it a try. It’s easy, so full of flavor, and easily doubled if you’ve got a whole bunch of mushy bananas just sitting on your countertop.
All you need is one bowl, one loaf pan, and a few key ingredients. That’s it. You’re probably tired of cooking everyday since the Q started 2 months ago. Well, you don’t really need to dirty anything up for this banana bread. (You can, of course, go nuts and use your electric mixers or two bowls for the wet and dry ingredients.)
And now for something special and definitely not something I do every time: Cinnamon Sugar Topping. It’s easy: melt butter, mix together some cinnamon and granulated sugar, sprinkle on top. Voila. Elevated.
And if you’re tired of baking banana bread, why not try my Grandpa’s Irish Soda Bread? It is the best of the best.
And now… without further ado: my EASY Banana Bread!
Erin’s Easy Banana Bread
- 3 bananas mashed
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup butter melted, more for topping
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
Cinnamon Sugar Topping (Optional)
- 2 tbsp butter melted
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp white sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 9x5in loaf pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash your bananas with a fork. Whisk in the egg, melted butter, and white sugar until well combined.
- Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon into the bowl until you get a mostly smooth texture.
- Pour the batter into your baking tin and bake in the oven for at least one hour. My banana bread typically takes 1 hour, 15 minutes. When you're able to stick a fork/toothpick into the bread and have the end come out clean, then it is done. If your bread is starting to get too browned, loosely cover the top with aluminum foil.
- Once bread is done, remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes in the baking tin. Remove from tin and let cool an additional 10 minutes… if you can stand it!
- For the optional topping: mix together the cinnamon and the sugar in a bowl. Once the bread has cooled, pour melted butter across the top and then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar topping.