The Best Banana Bread Recipe I’ve Ever Tried

The Best Banana Bread Recipe I've Ever Tried--SImply Mudita Premium Stainless Steel 13 piece set measuring cups and spoons and equivalent chart

 

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Many years ago, when I got married, one of the gifts my grandmother gave me was a spiral bound recipe book (like the ones that churches are famous for creating). This one was from her own personal church and was filled with many different kinds of recipes contributed by her and other members.

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Some of my favorite cookbooks. We subscribed to Blue Apron for awhile and I created a binder with page protectors to save all the recipes so I could make them again. Rachael Ray and Ree Drummond are ones I consult for dinner ideas often. That coverless one in the front is the church cookbook my grandmother gifted to us for our wedding. It’s coverless now and pretty well loved and used, as you can see.

 

I no longer remember what the cover of that church cookbook looked like because over the years I’ve made so many recipes from it that the cover long ago fell off and got lost. Quite a few of the inside pages bear the marks of food splatters that fell onto it while prepping the recipes within the pages or handwritten stars or comments about recipes we loved or didn’t love so much.

But, the most used page (hands down) is the one on which a banana bread recipe is found. I used only that one banana bread recipe exclusively for many years … quite happily.

Then, a magical thing happened. The internet. Yes, I’m old. I pre-date the internet. I make no apologies. #SorryNotSorry #AndImNotReallyThatOld

Pre-internet women actually used cookbooks on a much more regular basis than we do today. They maintained shelves of them in their homes or stored them in kitchen drawers. They tore pages out of magazines to save recipes to make for their families. Or they exchanged hand-written (or typed, if you were fancy) recipe cards with ingredient lists and instructions with friends and family.

It was a different time. Cooking and baking was an art to be mastered by trial and error with each woman putting her own personal style and flair and skill into every dish. Many women had a certain dish that became their trademark specialty. It was PTA or women’s group conversation fodder. Need a pretty cake for a wedding or party, Beth is your best bet. Cookies for the school bake sale, Sarah makes the best ones. You get the idea.

But, time marches on and change comes to all areas of life, this one included. And one can debate the positives and negatives when it comes to the internet opening up such a wide and expansive new resource for culinary inspiration. I often find myself debating them for my own personal amusement. While there are an endless sea of recipes available at the click of a button, there seems to be relatively few personal community recipe exchanges anymore in comparison. Cookbooks are a dime a dozen, you can buy one of thousands of them either in a store or online. It makes me wonder whether they are handed down through families anymore or if they are cherished for the memory of whoever gifted it to a person.

Just some sentimentality there. Sorry.

Back to the banana bread. As I’ve said, I’ve tried dozens of recipes, though none was ever better than the one in the cookbook from my grandmother’s church. Until now. Sorry, Grandma!

Also, anyone who enjoys baking will tell you that the experience of putting individual ingredients together and creating something delicious is a supremely satisfying experience. They will also tell you that the process of baking is greatly enhanced by using tools that make the work quicker and easier. Ergo, most bakers are also a little bit obsessed by trying kitchen tools in search of those that make baking easier and therefore a more enjoyable endeavor.

I’ve had hundreds of kitchen and baking tools cycle through my home over the years. It’s hard not to have favorites. Measuring cups and measuring spoons are two of the tools I use the most consistently; just about every day in one capacity or another. I’ve had all kinds, both plastic and metal in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Our kitchen now has all stainless steel appliances and the clear plastic set of measuring cups and metal spoons I had been using for years was showing the wear of their near-daily use. I decided to replace them with a new set of stainless steel ones.

 

SImply Mudita Premium Stainless Steel 13 piece set measuring cups and spoons

 

I am seriously in love with the ones I chose. I had never heard of the brand before, but I will not soon forget it! I found a set of stainless steel measuring cups, measuring spoons and a magnetic measuring equivalent chart from Simply Mudita that is just absolutely gorgeous!

 

SImply Mudita Premium Stainless Steel 13 piece set measuring cups and spoons and equivalent chart

 

They are well-weighted so they don’t tip if I’m not holding onto them while adding ingredients to them and are easy to handle. They even feature a little lip on the end of the cup directly across from the handle what is great for sitting across the top of my canisters or a small bowl, if needed. I especially love that they are separate from each other for ease of use, but come with a clip that threads through a hole in their handles to keep them all together when not in use. That little clip also makes it a breeze if you want to hang them instead of storing them in a drawer.

 

SImply Mudita Premium Stainless Steel magnetic measuring cup

 

SImply Mudita Premium Stainless Steel measuring cups and spoons

 

Another bonus is that these measuring cup and spoon sets from Simply Mudita come with more available sizes than many other sets I normally see in stores. The measuring spoon set comes with six sizes: ⅛ tsp., ¼ tsp., ½ tsp., ¾ tsp., 1 tsp., and 1 tbsp. The measuring cups come with seven sizes: ⅛ cup, ¼ cup, ⅓ cup, ½ cup, ⅔ cup, ¾ cup, and 1 cup.

 

SImply Mudita Premium Stainless Steel measuring cups

 

Simply Mudita Premium Stainless Steel measuring cups

 

Yes, that’s a lot of different sizes, but they nest together so closely that they take up no more space than any smaller set that I’ve ever had in my kitchen. And I really like that they include a ⅛ tsp. and ⅛ cup size. I hardly ever find these sizes anywhere!

 

SImply Mudita Premium Stainless Steel measuring spoons

 

Finding measuring equivalents can be a major chore. You bakers out there know what I mean. Most cookbooks will have a listing of them somewhere in their pages, but finding it can take time I’d rather spend actually baking. You can find one online, too, if you want to take the time. You might have one on a piece of paper, but most of the time this will be tucked in a drawer and have a way of disappearing among the loose recipes and small pamphlet cookbooks that you might get around to trying one day.

 

SImply Mudita Premium Stainless Steel magnetic measuring equivalent chart

 

SImply Mudita Premium Stainless Steel magnetic measuring equivalent chart

 

I appreciate the Simply Mudita Magnetic Measure Equivalents Chart that comes with the measuring cups and spoons set because I can slap that bad boy onto the front of my microwave, the door of my stove, or the side of my refrigerator and it’s right there at a moment’s notice any time I need it. No searching, sifting through drawers, or trying to remember where on earth I stashed it. It’s just right there, and blends right in with the stainless steel decor of my other appliances.

Another plus, in my opinion anyway, is that when I wash these stainless steel utensils I can set them aside on a drying towel and just leave them be. I don’t have to dry them right away to keep them from having spots left behind like sometimes is the case with other stainless steel items. They are crafted from heavy duty 304 stainless steel featuring engraved measurement markings. The cups even have smaller measurement parkings engraved inside of them which I think is pretty neat!

They will never rust, will not absorb odors or colors, and are dishwasher-safe. They are solid one piece construction and won’t break, either. The measuring spoons are skinny enough and long enough to fit down into all of my spice jars, too, which I cannot say for the last set I had which were round and could not fit into many spice jars because they were too wide.

 

Heilala Vanilla

 

This is one of the metal measuring spoons from the set I had been using prior to finding Simply Mudita. It’s a very nice set, and I loved the color. But, See how wide it is? It was sometimes frustrating to use them because they were too wide to fit in some of my spice containers.

By the way, check out the vanilla I like to use. It’s Heilala Vanilla Bean Paste. One of the very best brands I’ve found. Great flavor and look at all those little bits of vanilla bean in it! I’ve been using this brand for awhile now. I first used it a couple of years ago to make some sugar cookies, you might be interested in checking that post out since Easter is coming around again.

I think the Simply Mudita Stainless Steel measuring cups, spoons and magnetic equivalent chart are hands down the best kitchen tools I’ve added to my home in years (aside from my lovely KitchenAid mixer my husband gave me)! I’m so happy with them.

Now that I’m done being all sentimental and gushing over my new kitchen tools, how about we get to my new favorite banana bread recipe? I know, right?! Finally!!!

 

all ready for baking banana bread

Super Moist Banana Bread

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Keyword: banana bread
Servings: 14
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Curves N Curls (as submitted to Spark Recipes)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter (softened)
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1-1/2 cups all- purpose flour (white)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups (2-3) ripe bananas (mashed)

Instructions

  • Grease 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  • Beat together butter and sugar.
  • Add eggs. Mix well.
  • Add sour cream, flour, baking soda, vanilla, and bananas. Mix well.
    adding vanilla to banana bread batter
  • Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 - 55 minutes, or until toothpick in center comes out clean.
  • Cool on rack, and wrap in plastic wrap overnight to bring out the moisture in the bread.
  • Makes 1 loaf, cut into 14 slices about 5/8" thick each.
    Finished Banana Bread
  • Enjoy! 

Notes

A couple of pro tips on making delicious, flavorful banana bread. One, the best bananas to use are over-ripe ones. The darker the skins get (without mold being present on them) the better. Mushy or dark spots on the banana within is okay, too, it makes the bread sweeter and moister.
Two, use good vanilla extract. I can't stress this enough, this is one recipe additive that will be money well spent, I promise!
Also, don't skip the sour cream. It adds to the moistness and flavor!

 

You can find the recipe online here if you’d like to pin it to your Pinterest page for future reference. And you definitely should!

I think the secret to moist, flavorful banana bread is (obviously) the bananas. These are the bananas I used today. But, honestly, I usually let the banana skins get much browner than this before I use them for banana bread. These bananas only had one little brown spot in the banana inside the skins, usually I like them to get riper. It’s all good as long as there isn’t any mold growing on the banana skins or inside. As a general rule, the browner the skins, the moister and sweeter the banana bread.

 

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bananas-2

 

Also, we have hens so I pretty much exclusively use very fresh eggs since we get them direct from the source on a regular basis.

 

eggs

 

The quality of your kitchen tools and the ingredients you select really can affect the outcome of many recipes. Also, it’s a work in progress. Just as preparing recipes involves trial and error, so do selecting tools and ingredients. Over time I’ve found some real gems and I think that’s all part of the fun, don’t you?

 

What’s your favorite kitchen tool, that one thing you just can’t live without? And while you’re sharing, let’s swap favorite recipes, too, the ones you’re best known in your circle for!

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SAHM of 1 school age kid, two adult kids (my 24 yr old daughter & 18 year old son) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Castle Rock and Sharp Objects are current faves) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

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