This recipe is easily one of my most loved and cherished recipes when it comes to planning the perfect holiday feast for friends and family. It is extremely easy to make and requires minimal ingredients and effort. Moreover, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn how to whip up something phenomenal with the help of a few over ripe and spotty bananas, instead of simply tossing them away.
3 over-ripe bananas
3/4 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 slab of softened butter (salted or unsalted as per individual preference)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Salt for taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven preheats, mash the bananas into a smooth pulp in a large bowl. Add in eggs and softened butter to the mashed banana pulp and combine all the ingredients well.
For the next steps, add rest of the dry ingredients to the prepared mixture—sugar, all purpose flour, baking powder, and baking soda [as per the proportions mentioned above]. Stir the batter thoroughly to reach a thick consistency. You may choose to leave a few lumps in this batter. Add a pinch of salt to the mixture in case you opt for unsalted butter.
Pour the batter into a butter-greased or lined loaf pan. Smoothen the top of the batter and add in cinnamon powder, cashews, or walnuts as per your preference.
For the final step, pop the pan into the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40-45 minutes. Keep checking on the loaf as it rises since the baking time may vary depending on the ripeness of the bananas.
[Note: You may check on the readiness of the loaf by inserting a toothpick inside it.]
Once ready, take the pan out of the oven and allow the loaf to cool down completely. Loosen the loaf from the pan by running a butter knife through its edges and take it out of the pan. Cut it into desired pieces, serve, and enjoy!