James Beard Banana Bread

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

From James Beard Bread Book. One of the must have books. It's simply the best. I make muffins instead of bread, it's faster to make. The bread's not gummy and easier for my mum-in-law to eat. I grate up a little orange peel sometimes to be different.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  3. Add honey, bananas, and eggs; mix well.
  4. Sift dry ingredients together and fold into banana mixture.
  5. Fold in nuts and optional orange zest.
  6. Grease baking pan or muffin tins.
  7. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. If you bake this in muffin tins, it's about 20 minutes. It is done when toothpick comes out clean.


Most Helpful

I whipped this up today, and baked them in mini loaf tins. The addition of brown sugar and honey gave it such a wonderful taste. The only thing I changed was I added in 1 tsp baking powder instead of the 1/2 tsp stated in the recipe, and added some toasted walnuts into the batter... I got 3 small loaves, and they turned out just wonderful! I will be giving two away and keeping one for myself. Thank you Dienia, for a great recipe!...Kittencal:)

Kittencal@recipezazz April 09, 2005

These are so easy!! Perfect little 2 bite muffins! Going to make another batch as soon as possible. thanks

Dana S. May 12, 2016

Love it just as written! Thanks for sharing. Also good with chocolate chips.

Mia Bella January 23, 2015

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