Making a Perfect Loaf of Banana Bread

Making a perfect loaf of banana bread

Banana bread can be eaten as a breakfast treat alongside a hot cup of coffee, a snack in the afternoon or after dinner dessert. There’s something so delectable about a slice of warm bread with just a hint of fresh-baked bananas. Plus, nothing quite beats the enticing aroma that fills your house when you pull a loaf of banana bread out of the oven. This dessert is simple to put together – just follow these tips for the perfect pastry:

Use very ripe bananas
If you’ve bought just one too many bananas and you start to notice that a few of them have developed a lot of brown freckles, that means they’re just right for banana bread. If the skin is completely brown and the fruit is falling apart, even better! This will provide your bread with an even richer flavor and texture.

Opt for light-colored metal pans
The pan that you bake your bread in can have a big impact on the outcome. Dark pans tend to absorb more heat and can easily burn your bread. Glass is the same way, acting as an insulator that can leave you with burnt dessert. A light-colored aluminum pan is your best bet.

Consider add-ins
Banana bread is delicious by itself, but you can up the flavor by adding other ingredients. Throw in a few of your favorite nuts like pecans, almonds or walnuts to increase the amount of protein and fiber in your bread. If you prefer a sweeter banana bread, throw in a handful of chocolate chips. Bread making classes online can show you other fun ingredients to include in your banana bread.

Get an oven thermometer
When your oven beeps and notifies you that it has preheated to the correct temperature, it may not actually be at the appropriate temperature. Older ovens are known to run at least five or 10 degrees hotter or colder than where it’s set. An oven thermometer will be able to accurately inform you of the temperature so that you can perfectly bake your banana bread.


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