We had some old bananas so we put them to good use in Chef Mickey’s Banana Bread.
Mickey’s Banana Bread
Monorail Cafe, Boma, and Tusker House
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 cups banana, mashed (about 3 medium-large bananas)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix melted butter and sugar in large bowl until very well blended (sugar will not melt, the mixture will be the texture of wet sand). Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, then add bananas and vanilla. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda and fold into the banana mixture, making sure all flour is moistened but the mixture is not over-mixed (to prevent air bubbles). Fold in walnuts, if desired. The batter will be thick.
Grease and flour two bread pans and divide batter equally between them. Bake for 1 hour or until center of loaf is firm with a somewhat crunchy top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pans for 1 minute before removing the bread from a pan and transferring to a wire rack to cool.
Serve either warm or cold with butter, bananas, syrup, or even ice cream.
Makes 2 loaves.