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Classic Banana Bread Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

    Instructions:

    Preheat the Oven:

    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

    Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

    Prepare the Bananas:

    Peel the ripe bananas and place them in a large mixing bowl.

    Mash them with a fork or potato masher until smooth.

    Add Baking Soda and Salt:

    Sprinkle the baking soda and a pinch of salt over the mashed bananas.

    Mix well and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

    This helps to activate the baking soda.

    Incorporate Melted Butter:

    Melt the butter and add it to the mashed banana mixture.

    Stir until well combined.

    Add Sugar, Eggs, and Vanilla:

    Incorporate the granulated sugar into the banana mixture, followed by the eggs and vanilla extract.

    Mix until the ingredients are well combined.

    Fold in the Flour:

    Gradually add the all-purpose flour to the wet ingredients, mixing gently until just combined.

    Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are okay.

    Optional: Add Chopped Nuts:

    If desired, fold in the chopped nuts into the batter.

    Walnuts or pecans work well for added texture and flavor.

    Transfer to Loaf Pan:

    Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan, spreading it evenly.

    Bake:

    Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for about 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

    Keep an eye on it and adjust the baking time if needed.

    Cool and Serve:

    Allow the banana bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Once cooled, slice and enjoy your classic banana bread!

    Feel free to customize this recipe by adding chocolate chips, cinnamon, or other mix-ins based on your preferences.

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