Do you have recipes to go to that you love and keep making over and over again? For me, this banana bread recipe is one of those recipes. I’ve been making this same banana bread since college! It’s so moist and delicious and it’s definitely one of our family’s favorite.
I got this recipe from my best friend that I met in college. She was from Osaka and we met each other at the international students’ orientation when we moved to the US for college. She and her banana bread recipe have been my best friend since then, almost 20 years!
I wasn’t into baking until I met her. She loved making sweets and one day she gave me a few slices of this banana bread. It was very moist and it was different from other banana breads I had before. The texture is soft, with bits of banana and just the perfect amount of sweetness. The store bought banana breads I’ve tried are usually dry and don’t have too much real banana flavors.
My friend used a square 8” baking dish to make the bread. The height of the bread is shorter than your typical banana bread but you can slice bread into thicker slices. Simply pick up a slice with your fingers to enjoy a mouthful of this moist banana bread. What I love the most is enjoying it with a cup of great coffee in the morning.
This is one of those recipes that I measured ingredients with a measuring cup (I didn’t own a kitchen scale in college). Even though it’s not as precise, you will still get good result. I put the weight measurement below for those of you that use a kitchen scale. I hope you enjoy this banana bread as much as my family does!
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- ½ Tbsp. butter for greasing the baking dish
- 1 ⅔ cups (208 g) all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ cup (113 g) butter, soften
- ½ cup (100 g) sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 Tbsp. cooking oil (vegetable, canola, grapeseed oil)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 ripe bananas, separated (See Note 1)
- ½ - ⅔ cup raisins (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease an 8” square baking dish with butter (bottom and sides).
- In a bowl, combine 1 ⅔ cup flour, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp. baking soda, and ½ tsp. baking powder and whisk all together.
- In another bowl, combine ½ cup soften butter and ½ cup sugar and whisk well.
- Add 2 eggs, 1 Tbsp. oil, and 1 tsp. vanilla and beat with the whisk until well blended.
- Mash 3 bananas with a fork and mix into the egg mixture.
- Add the 1 ⅔ cups flour to the banana mixture and stir just until blended. Add raisins, if you prefer.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly with the rubber spatula. Slice 1 banana thinly into rounds and decorate on top of the banana bread.
- Put the pan in the oven and bake at 350°F (175°C) until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 1 hour. Remove the baking dish from the oven and let cool for 20 minutes. If you don't eat right away, wrap each slice or the whole cake with plastic wrap. Store at the cool place and enjoy within 2-3 days.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally shared in January 11, 2011.