Moist, delicious banana bread is one of life's simplest pleasures. It's awesome with coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, or a glass of sparkling wine late in the evening. It's a nostalgic dish that so many enjoy. Wrapped in pretty packaging, banana bread also makes a wonderful edible gift. Most people have strong feelings about mix-ins, but I like to toss in a small handful of chocolate chips for extra richness. While you probably already have a tried-and-trusted banana bread recipe, I thought it was high time I shared mine. Check it out now.
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose white flour Makes one 9-inch loaf.
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon mace
About 3 ripe bananas (to make 1 1/3 cups, mashed)
1/4 cup buttermilk
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/4 cup dark or light brown sugar, firmly packed
Finely grated rind of 1 large lemon
4 ounces (1 cup) mix-ins, like walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips, coconut, etc. (optional)
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose white flour
Makes one 9-inch loaf.