Tested till perfect The Ultimate Banana Bread
The Ultimate Banana Bread
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The Ultimate Banana Bread

The aroma of baking banana bread is enough to drive just about anyone wild with anticipation. Our best version— made using the surprising (and mysteriously effective) technique of "marinating" the bananas in a buttermilk and baking soda blend—delivers on all counts. It's moist, buttery, sweet and chockfull of banana flavour.

By Rheanna Kish and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: March 2014

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Portion size 1 loaf, 12 to 16 slices


  • 3 3ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupbuttermilk
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspbaking soda
  • 2-1/4 cups 2-1/4cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspbaking powder
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupunsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup 1cuppacked brown sugar
  • 1 1eggeggs
  • 1 tsp 1tspvanilla
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Stir together bananas, buttermilk and baking soda. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until combined; beat in egg, vanilla and banana mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined; scrape into greased 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan.

Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven until cake tester inserted into centre comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack; let cool completely.

Change it up -? Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Stir 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips into flour mixture.

Cinnamon Banana Bread: Whisk 1/2 tsp cinnamon into flour mixture.

Nutritional Information per each of 16 slices: about

cal 220 pro 3g total fat 10g sat. fat 6g
carb 32g dietary fibre 1g sugar 17g chol 35mg
sodium 200mg potassium 133mg


calcium 4 iron 8 vit A 8 vit C 2
folate 14
This recipe is featured on Cooking 101: Back to basics
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