Banana Bread
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Extra sugar to put on the bottom of the loaf after baking
  • 1/3 cup softened butter (I always use salted because I usually have it)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 to 4 medium ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • - Sometimes I add about ½ cup nuts or chocolate chips or peanut butter chips, but most of the time I don’t.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Grease (or cooking spray) loaf pan.

  3. Mix sugar and butter until only slightly crumbly.

  4. Stir in eggs until blended.

  5. Add bananas and water, beat 30 seconds.

  6. Stir in remaining ingredients except nut or chips. Once everything is evenly moistened, add nuts or chips if using.

  7. Pour into pan.

  8. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. (8-inch loaf pan: 65 - 75 minutes. 9-inch loaf pan: 55 to 60 minutes)

  9. Cool 5 minutes in pan. 

  10. Sprinkle some sugar on a flat surface. 

  11. Loosen side of loaf from pan and remove. Rub the bottom of the loaf gently over the sugar to coat the bottom, and then cool completely before slicing (this cooling step takes FORVER, particularly when your mouth is watering).