Now that the majority of the holiday season is over, I find that I have more time to relax, sleep in, take a nap, etc. But with all this extra time, it’ s necessary to fill that void with busy work, such as baking banana bread.
Years ago, my mom was over at our neighbors, Papa Waffles and Cookie, as you may remember, and got to taste Papa Waffles’ Grandmother’s Recipe for Banana Bread. Later that day, she returned home with a happy stomach and recipe in hand. Years later, we still make this recipe when we have an abundance of bananas.
Now that everyone is home, we tend to buy bananas that no one eats. So more often than we should, we find ourselves with a bunch of (overly) ripe bananas but don’t want to trash such a gem. Thus, we put them to good use and make Papa Waffles’ Grandmother’s banana bread.
By now, I wouldn’t be surprised if you mouth is watering. The bread is just as good as it looks. It also smells amazing, maybe a bit to amazing. It the where-it-gets-to-the-point-that-you-can’t-walk-by-the-bread-without-eating-yet-another-slice amazing. So I recommend, for the sake of your sanity and wellbeing, that you let the bread cool, cut it in half, and immediately wrap one half and store it in the freezer. That way, you won’t eat all the bread at once and can spread the joy throughout two days instead of one. 🙂
Old Fashion Banana Bread
- 8 tablespoons butter, room temp
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup regular baking flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup shelled walnuts, coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a 9×5 bread pan by greasing or lining parchment.
In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs, beating after the addition of each eggs.
In a large bowl, whisk (or sift to break the clumps) together the flour, baking soda, salt, and whole wheat flour. Slowly add the flour mixture in to the creamed butter.
In a small bowl or plate, mix together the mashed bananas and vanilla. Add to the flour-butter mixture and mix well. Fold in the walnuts.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 mins, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan and transfer to a wire rack.