How to Make Ultimate Banana Bread

Ultimate Banana Bread Recipe Source: American Test Kitchen
Ingredients: Serve 1 of 8 inch loaf
1 ¾ cups ( 8 ¾ ounces ) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
6 large, very ripe bananas ( 2 ¼ pounds), peeled
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
¾ cup packed ( 5 ¼ ounces ) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped coarse (optional )
2 teaspoons granulated sugar

How to Make Ultimate Banana Bread
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 ½ by 4 ½ inch loaf with vegetable oil spray. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in large bowl.

Place 5 bananas in bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and cut several vents in plastic with paring knife. Microwave until bananas are soft and have released liquid, about 5 minutes. Transfer bananas to fine mesh strainer placed over medium bowl and allow to drain, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes (you should have ½ to ¾ cup liquid). Transfer bananas to bowl.

Transfer liquid to medium saucepan and cook over medium high heat until reduced to ¼ cup, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat, stir reduced liquid into bananas, and mash with potato masher until fairly smooth. Whisk in butter, eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.

Pour bananas mixture into flor mixture and stir until just combined wit some streaks of flour remaining. Gently fold in walnuts, if using. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Slice remaining bananas diagonally into ¼ inch thick slices. Shingle banana slices on top of either side of loaf, leaving 1 ½ inch wide space down center to ensure even rise. Sprinkle granulated sugar evenly over loaf.

Bake until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, 55 to 75 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking. Cool bread in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes, and then remove loaf from pan and continue to cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. (banana bread can store for up to 3 days). End
How to Make Ultimate Banana Bread

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