Rich Banana Bread

Rich Banana Bread is a delectable baked treat that elevates the classic banana bread to new heights of indulgence. This luscious version starts with overripe bananas, their natural sweetness intensified, and their mashed consistency providing moisture to the bread. The recipe often calls for a generous amount of ripe bananas, ensuring a robust banana flavor throughout.

What sets this banana bread apart is its richness, achieved through the incorporation of decadent ingredients. Unsalted butter, melted to a golden liquid, imparts a luxurious texture and enhances the overall richness of the bread. The addition of brown sugar further deepens the flavor profile, contributing a caramel-like sweetness that complements the bananas.

To create a moist and tender crumb, eggs are beaten into the batter, providing structure and a velvety consistency. A touch of pure vanilla extract enhances the aromatic qualities, balancing the sweetness and adding a fragrant note.

The dry ingredients, typically all-purpose flour, baking soda, and a pinch of salt, are carefully sifted and gradually folded into the wet mixture. This ensures an even distribution of ingredients, preventing lumps and creating a smooth, cohesive batter.

For an extra layer of opulence, chopped nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, can be added. These contribute a delightful crunch and nutty undertones, enhancing the overall texture and flavor complexity.

The batter is then poured into a prepared loaf pan, ready to be baked to golden perfection. The aroma of rich banana and caramel notes fills the kitchen as the bread rises and bakes to a moist, tender interior.

Once cooled, each slice reveals a beautifully dense yet soft texture, with pockets of banana goodness and occasional bursts of nutty crunch. This Rich Banana Bread is a testament to the art of baking, marrying the simplicity of banana bread with an indulgent twist, making it a favorite for breakfast, tea time, or any occasion where a luxurious treat is desired.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

1 cup mashed banana (3 – 4)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups flour

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1 Cream shortening and add sugar gradually, mix in eggs and banana.

2 In a separate bowl sift the dry ingredients together and add them to the creamed mixture.

3 Then add the milk, sour cream and vanilla& mix till combined.

4 Grease 1 bundt pan or 2 bread pans, pour in batter and bake for 1 hour (or until done) at 350°F

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