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Banana Bread Recipe: Create A Family Tradition

By Ben Cook

Any great banana bread starts with a good basic batter. So, if you do not have one, go out and purchase a cookbook that has all the basic recipes you need. Many also have cooking tips that can be really handy, especially if you have forgotten how to fold your eggs. You are going to start with a basic banana bread recipe. But then you will make it all your own.

There is not a lot of variation between the basic banana bread mixes. They vary slightly in amounts of each ingredient, but they will pretty much all have flour, sugar (possibly brown), butter, eggs, salt, baking soda and, of course, bananas. Personally, I prefer moist baked goods so I will pick a recipe that has a greater quantity of moist ingredients, such as more eggs.

Beyond that, you want to make sure that you use the highest quality ingredients, such as organic unrefined sugar and real butter as opposed to margarine. Having bananas at just the right level of ripeness is one of the keys to a great banana bread. This is may be the only time that you want your bananas to have a completely brown peel.

It is a good idea to try the recipe out without any alterations first so that you are familiar with the basic flavor and the correct consistency. Then you get to have fun experimenting. Just think about what sounds good to you to add. When you have an idea, look for a recipe that includes that ingredient so you can have a guideline of how much to use.

For example, I like to add chocolate chips to whatever I can. So, I look for a quick bread recipe that calls for chocolate chips. First, make sure that the recipe is meant to make the same amount of bread as your banana bread recipe. Then you can use the same amount of chips for your bread. If the recipe you find makes half as much bread as yours, simply double the amount of chips.

You might be thinking that chocolate chips sound great, but you need to have walnuts with those chips. Sounds good to me! But you will need to put in a little less of the chips to accommodate the nuts you are adding. A mistake that many people make is to change the recipe so there is no longer the same proportion of add-ins to batter. This will alter the consistency of your bread, and often not to your liking.

Maybe you are thinking you love walnuts in banana bread, but you think pecans would be good as well. Again, no problem. If your recipe calls for a cup of walnuts, use a half cup of walnuts and a half cup of pecans. Or get really daring and use a third cup each of walnuts, pecans and almonds.

Usually what happens after a period of experimentation is that you find a banana bread recipe that you and your family love so much, you stop experimenting. Before you know it, that special blend is now known as Aunt Mollys Banana Bread. And that is how a family tradition is born.

Ben Cook teaches you how to bake banana bread in your home kitchen and gives you lots of simple and quick banana bread recipes on his banana bread recipe website.

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