Ultimate Banana Bread

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
YIELD: 1 Loaf




  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
  • Adjust rack to middle. Spray Loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  • Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.
  • Place five bananas in a extra large glass or other microwave safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap and cut several steam vents in plastic with a paring knife. (NOTE: Use the biggest bowl you have the first time I did this the juice went all over my microwave, even though I had plastic wrap on my bowl.) Microwave on High until the bananas are soft and have released liquid, just about 5 minutes *may be less depending on your microwave wattage*. Transfer bananas to a fine mesh drainer placed over a medium pot and allow to drain stirring and mashing the bananas occassionally, 15 minutes (you should end up with around 1/2 to 3/4 cup of liquid).
  • Cook the liquid in the pot over medium-high heat till reduced to about 1/4 cup, takes about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from heat , stir reduced liquid into the bananas and mash with a potato masher until fairly smooth. Whisk in the eggs and butter, brown sugar and vanilla.
  • Pour the banana mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined with some streaks of flour remaining. You don't want to "over-mix" or it will make it tough. Gently fold in walnuts (optional).
  • Scrape batter into prepared pan. Slice remaining banana onto top (like shingles on a roof) layered leaving a 1 1/2 inch space in the very middle. Sprinkle granulated sugar evenly over loaf.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50 - 60 minutes.