It is the truth universally acknowledged that there is no better bread than that which is made of banana. There are rare exceptions, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who wouldn’t melt at the sight of a fresh, warm, soft slice of homemade banana bread. With butter, with honey, with nothing at all — who cares? If it’s there, it’s going in your mouth.
Now that we’re clear on what is the finest of all bread products, you’re probably itching to make some of your own. There are many different variations on this classic treat, so we did our research (our job is super hard, you guys), and the result was this simple recipe that makes the best banana bread we’ve ever had. And we’ve had a lot of banana bread.
The tools? A bowl, a pan, a spoon. The ingredients? Just as basic. The best part? You’ll be cutting the first slice in an hour, max. We’d never make you wait longer than that.
What You’ll Need
1 stick salted butter
½ cup light-brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
¾ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
3 large overripe bananas (or 4 medium)
2 cups cake flour
½ tbsp. coarse sugar (like cane or Demerara sugar) for topping
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