Best Banana Bread Season 1, Round 3
Banana bread is not a seasonal recipe. It tastes great any time of year, and bananas are almost always the same price all year long. Recently I found that my local grocery store sells overripe bananas at a discounted price. This is an awesome alternative to waiting for bananas to turn brown!
It seems like whenever I want to make banana bread I’ll buy some bananas and my family eats all of them within a day or two. Then I buy another bunch, and they sit in the fruit basket for a week without being touched. Sound familiar? But by the time those bananas go brown I don’t want, or don’t have time to make banana bread. So they go in the freezer and sit until I’m looking for the lost pint of ice cream and come across 8 or so frozen bananas (and no more ice cream). The bananas come out, wait to defrost and voila, banana bread.
These last four recipes in season 1 tournament won’t disappoint. In fact, one recipe recommends using frozen/defrosted bananas. Without further ado, let’s get to know this round’s hopefuls.
Round 3 Recipes
Use those frozen bananas we talked about earlier in the recipe by Sweet and Savory by Shinee. She even provides directions on quickly defrosting the frozen bananas. One other unique aspect of this recipe is coarse kosher salt. If you don’t want to use kosher salt, half the amount called for because table salt is such a smaller granule. There was fantastic banana flavor and the bread held together well.
Natasha’s Kitchen recipe called for walnuts and raisins. I left both out. The mixing order was a little different than other recipes, and just that small change made a difference in the outcome. Follow her directions for your bread to turn out well. The banana flavor was strong in this one as well, but not as strong as the previous recipe. This was a moist, soft bread.
Eazy Peazy Mealz recipe was as the title implies, simple. Everything was mixed in one bowl, very quick to put together. Add the ingredients in the order listed and just mix until combined. Overmixing banana bread will end up with a chewier bread, not quite the texture associated with banana bread. This was a soft bread, moist crumb, and well blended flavor. The directions allow for some wiggle room in amount of sugar and flavorings, read through all the instructions to determine what substitutions to make.
The Salty Marshmallow recipe requires two bowls, one to melt the butter and mix in the wet ingredients. The other bowl is for the dry ingredients. Cinnamon is an addition in this recipe, it can be left out if desired. I included it. Some like it, some don’t, that may be a seasonal ingredient, add it in the fall-winter, leave it out in spring-summer.
Moving on to the final round is...
This one came down to the wire. It was a very close race, but edging just beyond the others was Natasha’s Kitchen. The creaming method provided a great structure for a smooth, moist texture. The banana flavor was obvious. Add in the extras that the occasion calls for. We aren’t big fans of raisins, but I’ll be adding toasted walnuts when I make this for my family.
Twelve recipes tested and tried against each other, three moving on to the final round. See which recipes won in round 1 and 2. Find out the winning recipe in the final round. What additions do you add to banana bread? Do you have a recipe that needs to be included next season? Share it with me in the comments below or through email.
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