I made the most amazing banana bread this weekend. Like, so amazing, if I wasn't already married, I would marry this bread. It's that good. Since we're such good friends, I thought I would share this with you, so you too, will want to make and then marry this bread!
I had a few bananas and pears that were really (really) overripe so I decided to combine them to make a pear banana bread. Why not? What's the worst that could happen? If it turned out awful, I could just bring it in to work and leave it anonymously on our little food/snack table... (i mean, no I haven't done that before...)
Good news! It wasn't awful! It was AMAZING! It's seriously the best banana bread I've ever made. Even better than the time I added chocolate chips. It's so super easy--I didn't even have to lug out my big mixer!
Here's what you'll need:
- 2 or 3 ripe bananas, smooshed
- 2 large ripe pears, cut in chunks (so it's easier to smoosh)
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
Here's what you do:
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and butter up your 4x8 inch loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, smoosh up your pears and bananas. I used a potato masher, but you can use a large wooden spoon, or a fork. Hey, whatever gets the job done. Add the melted butter and continue smooshing together. Mix in the sugars, beaten egg, and vanilla. Add the baking soda and salt and mix in. Finally, add the flour and mix completely. Pour the mixture into the buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.
Let cool on a wire rack. When completely cooled, remove from loaf pan, slice up, and enjoy!
(See if you don't take down half a loaf while waiting for your husband to come home...)
If you try this, let me know how it turns out for you and if you agree or disagree that this is the best banana bread you've ever made!