Best Banana Bread recipe

They weren’t kidding when they said this was the best banana bread recipe. It’s absolutely delicious, specially right out of the oven.  Though I couldn’t tell you how it’d be cold as none of it survived to that stage.

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F

Grease a loaf pan

Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together into a medium-size bowl. Set aside

Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer.  Add the eggs and the bananas and mix well.  Add the sifted flour and mix well.  Add the vanilla extract and mix again until combined.  Pour into the prepared loaf pan and cook for 1 hour. Test with a fork to make sure it’s dry inside.

Adapted from a recipe at Food.com

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Fast & Delicious Bread Machine White Bread

This was a very easy and very quick recipe.  The taste is outstanding.  The bread is not as firm as others, but it’s yummy, specially hot.  And it doesn’t require special ingredients!

  • 9 oz hot water
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
 Put all ingredients in the bread machine basket in the order above.  Use the express baking setting.
From Woodsy Girl’s recipe at Just a Pinch recipes

Simply Homemade Bread Mixes – Product Review

countrywhiteI got a breadmaker for Christmas, and Mike picked up one of Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade bread mixes at the store.  I thought it was sort of silly, isn’t the whole point of having a bread maker to be able to throw some ingredients together and get great bread?, but after a couple of failures doing exactly that, I decided to try it.  It was delicious!  Seriously, soooo good.

I think I got the Country White, though I threw away the box and the bread was actually sort of brown.  I also cooked it for 3 hours, rather than on a rapid cycle.  You don’t get a particularly large loaf – but if what you want is flavor, this has it.  I think next time I’d select light crust rather than medium, however.

I don’t know how much the package was, my bet is that it’s not cost effective, but if I found them on sale I might buy a couple to keep to make some quick bread without having to put much thought into it.


Easy All Purpose Flour Breadmaker Bread

All purpose flour breadI didn’t get a breadmaker for Christmas. Telling my husband “I want the breadmaker they are selling at Grocery Outlet for $30″ apparently was not enough of a hint. He didn’t think I was serious, even after I told him “I’m serious, I want it”. So, after I failed to find the bread maker under the tree on Christmas morning, I sent him to GO to buy it anyway. I got it last night, but it didn’t come with bread flour or dry milk.

I could, I suppose, go to the supermarket and get those things – but I figured instead I’d look to see if I could find a recipe that used all-purpose flour. Indeed, there is an abundance of them but I settled on the one below because it was easy and got good reviews.

For being my first time making bread, I was quite pleased. The bread wasn’t perfect, but it was quite tasty with grilled cheese, and even more with plain butter.   The bread is a bit sweet, so it’d go great with jam as well, or honey.

On the minus side, I used the 58′ express setting and the bread didn’t quite bake all the way.  It was also quite crumbly; I was able to cut it with a bread knife, but it didn’t hold fully together.  It was a bit dense and tasted a bit too much of flour, which I’m not sure if is a good thing or not.  My oldest didn’t really like it, but my youngest did.  I’m going to experiment with other recipes, but given that I can make this in a little over an hour, with regular ingredients, I’m sure I’ll make it again and again – next time in the regular time setting.

Update I made this recipe again using the basic bread maker option.  The results were very good. The bread had a browner crust and a more complex, balanced flavor (my older daughter compared it to sourdough, but I still find it sweet).  It was still underdone, however.  I did cut it right away, rather than let it rest, but it was just as crumbly as before.  All in all, I’m not sure it’s worth the extra time.

Update 2 I made it for a third time at the slower Express setting. Camila thought it was the best, while Mike thought it was much inferior to the 3 hour setting. I was happy enough with it, but the 3 hour setting does produce the best crust.

Easy All Purpose Flour Breadmaker Bread

  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup hot water, bet. 115 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt

Place the yeast, sugar and water in the bread machine basket and let sit until it foams, 6 to 12 minutes.  Add the oil, flour and salt.  Place in the bread machine and cook in basic or express.

Based on TKDLVR’s recipe on Food.com

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