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    Mark Bittman's Banana Bread

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    1 hr 10 mins

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    55 mins

    Greeny4444's Note:

    I found this recipe online, and I was surprised that it had not been posted here. I usually double this recipe and freeze one loaf. I have many banana bread recipes, but Mark Bittman has deemed this one "the ultimate."

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    1. 1
      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9″x5″ loaf pan.
    2. 2
      In a medium bowl, mix together the flours, salt, and baking powder; set aside.
    3. 3
      With an electric mixer, cream the butter with the sugar, then slowly beat in the eggs, bananas, and vanilla.
    4. 4
      Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat just until combined (do not mix it up too much), being sure to scrape down the edges of the bowl a few times. Gently fold in the chocolate chips (if using).
    5. 5
      Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45 to 60 minutes (mine takes about 55 minutes), until nicely browned.
    6. 6
      A toothpick inserted into the center of the bread will come out fairly clean when it is done, but because of the bananas this bread will remain moister than most.
    7. 7
      Cool on a rack for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 24, 2013

      I love Mark Bittman's Banana Bread, but since you've changed the recipe, I am not sure you can call it that.

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    • on October 20, 2012


      This is not your usual banana bread: you may love it or hate it. It's very light in both color and texture, despite the whole wheat flour, and a little on the dry side; we're used to banana bread that is dark, moist, and dense. There's still a nice banana flavor with a hint, not an avalanche, of sweetness, although there's also a little baking-powder saltiness in the first bite. People who like soda bread in general will rave about this! Made for PAC.

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    Nutritional Facts for Mark Bittman's Banana Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (1067 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 2755.1
    Calories from Fat 955
    Total Fat 106.1 g
    Saturated Fat 62.4 g
    Cholesterol 616.2 mg
    Sodium 3034.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 420.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 20.7 g
    Sugars 194.7 g
    Protein 44.6 g

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