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Banana Loaf

My grandmother has a sister who loves to bake. And when we were young, we always receive boxes of brownies, banana bread, or fruitcake during Christmas season from her. I must admit that she had inspired me to try baking. So I searched the Internet for a simple recipe and decided to give it a try!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
3 ripe bananas


Pre-heat oven to 175 degree Celcius. Grease and flour a 5"x9" loaf pan.

Measure every ingredients first and try to make an assembly line on the table. This way, you will not have the tendency to forget something and will make baking a lot easier, trust me! Oooops, the egg is still in the fridge that's why it's not in the picture :-D

I used ripe Lakatan banana because I know it is sweet. There are different varieties of banana here in the Philippines. I am just not sure if I can use the others or what they would taste like when used in making banana loaf. So to be safe, Lakatan it is :-)

Cut the bananas into small pieces.

Mash the bananas with a masher. You may also use a blender machine. I just don't want the hassle of cleaning it afterwards so I just did it manually.

Add the 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour. You may add it gradually or little by little to mix it easier.

Continue mixing until you don't see any dry/white flour in the mixture.

Add 1 cup white sugar then mix very well.

Add 1/4 cup softened butter then mix very well. Make sure to break down the butter into small pieces. I guess we can also used melted butter for easier mixing.

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1 egg. Mix very well.

There are still small pieces of butter in my mixture but I think it's okay since it will melt while inside the oven.

Pour the mixture in the loaf pan. I am using a 5"x9" non-stick loaf pan. Yep, non-stick but I still greased and floured it although not necessary. I just did it to be super sure that the bread won't stick. This is my first try and I want it to be at least almost perfect ;-)

Bake it at 175 degree Celcius for 50 to 60 minutes.  To make sure that it is thoroughly cooked, you can insert a clean toothpick into center of the loaf, if it comes out clean then it's fully cooked.

 After checking that it's already cooked, transfer it into a plate.... and... tada! I didn't break apart!!! Let it rest for a while, maybe 5-10 minutes so it won't crumble when you slice it.

There you go... my version of Banana Loaf. It tastes so gooood! Try it now :-)


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