My summer banana bread, made in Greece


I’m writing this from our summer house on a beautiful beach in Chalkidiki. You’d think I shouldn’t be cooking while on vacation and you’re probably right but the banana bread remains the healthiest and easiest treat to make.  This time I used vanilla powder. Vanilla extract is not common in Greece.  I have a loaf pan here which is longer than the one I have in the U.S., so it came out a little shorter. Next time, I’ll probably use 1.5 times the ingredients to fill up this pan.  All 3 kids that I have in the house right now enjoyed it greatly!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons butter at room temperature OR vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup  sugar
  • 2 cups self-rising flour OR 2 cups all-purpose flour combined with 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3  ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 1 tube vanilla powder OR 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to make: Use a mixer to beat the  butter with the sugar for a few minutes. Fold in the flour, vanilla and banana pulp. Keep stirring with a spoon until the dough is evenly moist.  Pour the dough in a bread pan and bake in 375 F /190 C pre-heated oven for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let it cool off before trying to take it out of the pan.

Notes and tips:

a)I only have a hand-held mixer in Greece and I used that to beat the butter with the sugar. It works, although, I’m too spoiled using a free-standing mixer like kitchenaid and I find the hand-held mixer to perform poor by comparison.

b) To bring butter to room temperature quickly, heat it in the microwave oven for about 10-15 seconds but check while it’s being heated to be sure it doesn’t melt.

 

Servings: 6 generous slices

Calorie count: 374 per serving

More photos of the same basic recipe

Loaf of banana bread

Loaf of banana bread

Sliced loaf of banana bread

Sliced loaf of banana bread

Banana bread with vegetable oil. Check the recipe "Banana bread -- the healthiest!"

Banana bread with vegetable oil. Check the recipe “Banana bread — the healthiest!”

Round-shaped banana bread

Round-shaped banana bread

Banana bread cupcakes. See recipe "Banana bread cupcakes"

Banana bread cupcakes. See recipe “Banana bread cupcakes”

Banana bread served with tea

Banana bread served with tea

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