Spring will be here soon, but, as I write this, winter refuses to go home. One of the great wintertime comfort foods here in the south is Grandma’s Banana Nut Bread. On a cool morning, put a couple of slices on the top rack of the oven, toast it, couple o’slabs of butter. That y’all is a small bit of heaven on earth.
Banana Nut Bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 medium ripe bananas mashed (about 1⅓ cups or 303 grams)
- 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8x4-inch loaf pans; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add the bananas and stir gently to combine. Add the flour mixture and stir until completely blended. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the walnuts.
- Divide the mixture into the two loaf pans. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean. If the loaves begin to get too dark before they are done in the middle, cover with foil. Allow to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. The bread can be stored, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 5 days. To freeze, wrap in plastic wrap then in aluminum foil and freezer for up to 3 months.