Southern Style Banana Nut Bread
Hey Y’all, today I am sharing one of our favorites Southern Style Banana Nut Bread.
Anyone that knows my husband knows how he loves homemade sweet breads. This recipe is one of his absolutes favorite treats, besides my homemade pumpkin bread I make every fall. To be honest I usually make all my homemade breads starting in the fall, I am not sure why that is, since my Southern Style Banana Nut Bread and Zucchini Breads are both great year round. However we start to crave the heavier cake like breads in late August and early September. Especially the seasonal breads like my Cinnamon Apple Brown Butter and Pumpkin Spice Breads, you can see the recipes at these links.
First you will want to assemble all your ingredients, and the key is having really super ripe bananas. In fact, I always make my Southern Style Banana Nut Bread when my bananas have gotten just a little too ripe. I also recommend a high end vanilla extract like Caswell Massey Madagascar Vanilla, it makes all the difference. Another baking tip that I use all the time is I store vanilla bean pods inside my baking sugar canisters; which adds a slight hint of vanilla essence to my sugar. This is one of those house recipe secrets so everything always has a hint of vanilla without the extract.
To get this recipe started, in your stand mixer, cream together room temperature butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes. Next add in your slightly beaten eggs and half & half, continue to beat 2 more minutes. Finally add in your pre-sifted dry ingredients slowly until incorporated. Once the batter is mixed turn off the mixer and hand fold in mashed bananas and nuts with spatula. This keeps things chunky and dense for your bread. Pour into your pre-greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes.
Southern Style Banana Nut Bread
- Stand Mixer
- Measuring Cups
- Loaf Pan
- 3 Ripe Bananas mashed up
- 1 1/2 cups Sugar
- 1/2 cup Butter room temperature
- 1 can Spray Olive Oil to grease pan
- 2 Eggs
- 2 cups Plain Flour sifted
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 Half & Half
- 1 tsp Vanilla I recommend Caswell Massey Madagascar Vanilla it makes all the difference.
- 1 cup Chopped Pecans you can use walnuts as an option
- In your stand mixer cream together you butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes.
- Next add in your slightly beaten eggs and half & half, continue to beat 2 more minutes.
- Next slowly add in your dry ingredients until incorporated.
- Once mixed turn off mixer and fold in mashed bananas and nuts with spatula.
- Pour into your pre greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes.
- Check for center doneness by inserting a toothpick into middle of bread, if it comes out clean the bread is done.
Check for center doneness by inserting a toothpick into middle of the bread, if it comes out clean the bread is done. I have added just a light dusting of powdered sugar to dress up this loaf. You can also try a caramel topping, or candied nuts; which is festive as well.
Check out my other great bread recipes here perfect for any upcoming fall gathering, which is another one of our favorites for the the season: