As if we really need another banana bread recipe out there! But I figure when you’ve struck gold, might as well share it. I usually use my bananas for smoothies, but for some reason I had 3 overripe bananas sitting on the counter this past weekend along with some buttermilk (which I never have) in the fridge. Seriously, what else to make but banana bread?! I don’t have a go to recipe so I searched around and there seems to be a general recipe out there but it had 1 1/2 cups of sugar in it. Yikes. So I tweaked that and used some whole wheat flour. Sarah even begged for her favorite chocolate chips to be added, but I wanted to keep it classic and added walnuts. It turned out amazing. The long baking time filled the house with the glorious, sweet aromas and we needed to dig in even while piping hot. That may account for the bottom getting stuck in the pan and leading to a not so perfect appearance. Or maybe I didn’t grease the pan enough. Either way, the bread still turned out delicious, even if not photo worthy.
Which leads me to conclude that food photography is not my forte. Do food bloggers make a recipe multiple times just to get the right shot? How do they capture the butter melting without needing to immediately put the food in their mouth? Or doesn’t their food get cold while photographing it? Not to mention, my kitchen is north facing and the light often shows very yellow (too many oak cabinets I suspect). And I’m not always willing to crawl on top of the counter to put the food on the only windowsill above the sink which is what I did for these pictures. I suppose I’m just not cut out for it. I want to eat my food and I’ll leave the beautiful pictures to the pros. But when I do happen to make a wonderful recipe, I want to share it with you. My pictures may not do the final product the full justice it deserves, but rest assured, it will be delicious.
Helen’s Best Ever (ever? Yes!) Banana Bread
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup mashed banana (I used 3)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 and grease a 9×5″ loaf pan.
Mix the wet ingredients including the sugars in a small bowl. Then mix the dry ingredients in a larger bowl. Pour the wet into the dry and mix well. Stir in chopped nuts or chocolate chips if using. Pour into loaf pan and pop into the oven for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. And that’s it. Easy and delicious. I hope you enjoy.