This is a very straightforward recipe that's great to do with young kids who love to mash the bananas and grease the loaf pan.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/2 cup mashed bananas (about 3-5 depending on size)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup Trader Joe's Pecan Pralines* or any kind of chopped nuts, if desired
Preheat oven to 350.
Line loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an inch of overhang on both sides, which can be used as "handles" later to remove the loaf from the pan. If no parchment paper is available, you can grease the bottom of the pan. Before removing the loaf, you will need to loosen the sides.
Beat sugar and butter.
Add eggs one-by-one, making sure each is incorporated.
Add bananas and water and beat for about 30 seconds.
Add remaining dry ingredients -- leaving the nuts for the very end, once the dry ingredients have become moistened.
Pour batter into pan and bake for about an hour.**
When a wooden pick comes out clean, you can remove the pan from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Afterwards, you can remove the loaf from the pan so it can continue to cool before slicing.
* The sugar around the pecan pralines will melt away during the baking process, causing the area around the nut to be sweeter and moister.
**I usually have to bake for an extra 10 minutes but that probably because I live at a higher elevation.