Bonnie's Best Banana Bread - Bonnie Stern

"When I was little, I had an "Aunt" that used to visit, and would always make an incredible banana bread. It was my job to lick the bowl :). I was much to young to ever think about asking for the recipe. So now, many, many years later, I'm still looking for that illusive recipe.....until now. I think I found it this morning. I can only tell you that after licking the bowl......I felt like a little girl again. This bread is so very light and flavourful. Not surprising's from Bonnie Stern. I don't think I've ever been disappointed in any recipe of hers. Hope you enjoy this as much as I am.....right now."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
1 large loaf




  • Preheat oven to 350*.
  • In a small bowl combine bananas with buttermilk and baking soda.
  • In a medium sized bowl beat butter with brown sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  • In yet another bowl combine flour with baking powder and salt.
  • Add flour to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk/bananas beginning and ending with flour.
  • Transfer to a 6 cup/1.5L loaf pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes.

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  1. Baby Kato
    This is a great banana bread. We loved it. It was moist, tender and very flavorful. I love the addition of the buttermilk and brown sugar. I will make this again and again. A beautiful crust and crumb. Thanks for sharing.
  2. matt.angela.gordon
    Delicious!!! This is the BEST Banana Bread Recipe that I have ever come across! I would not change a thing about the recipe. My family and friends have loved it also...Thanks for posting this recipe!!!
  3. Motivated Mama
    I went with the cup of oatmeal and applesauce method. The flavor was a bit bland. Raisins would have been a nice touch. I made it in a brownie pan and after cutting I dabbed each side in a touch of brown sugar and they were very pleasant. Thanks for posting!
  4. SinginChef
    No disappointment here! My usual complaint (the center remaining gooey if you get the edges done right OR the edges getting crunchy if you get the center done right) is NOT a consideration with this recipe! It IS a lighter banana bread though...not the heavier dense version. Five stars for the "done-all-over" factor AND the flavor! I used regular unbleached flour, fluffing it before measuring, and it worked just fine. My only urge to "fiddle" would be to play with the see if I could get by with a little less soda. I'll let you know! Thanks for a keeper!!



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