Sunday, March 2, 2014

I made food: cranberry banana bread

On Friday I decided to surprise my husband by baking something for him. Friday is his toughest day at work, and we had run out of ice cream to eat for dessert, so I knew he'd appreciate something sweet! We had two spotty brown bananas left, so of course I thought of banana bread.

I got this recipe a long time ago from a grad school colleague. It makes perfectly moist, sweet bread, and it's incredibly easy. Give it a try sometime!

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 5 1/3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • optional: 1/2 cup mix-ins, like chocolate chips, nuts, etc. I used craisins to add some tartness

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

In a separate bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Then beat in the dry ingredients.

Mix together the eggs, bananas and any mix-ins, then fold into the rest of the batter until just combined (you want to stir the batter as little as possible).

Butter up your loaf pan (or if, like me, you can't find your loaf pan, any bread-shaped dish) and pour in your batter. Stick it in the oven for 50-60 minutes.

While you're waiting, feel free to lick the bowl.

"Hmm, maybe if I lie down very nicely, I'll get a little batter too..."


The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Try to resist eating it until it cools down a little!


  1. Yum! Banana bread is my favorite so this looks so tasty! I'll have to try out the recipe :)

  2. Mmm that sounds good! Will give it a try and report back :)