Banana bread should never be dense and gray. Instead, the most delicious banana bread should be light, fluffy, velvety goodness. This version is the best!
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One time when I was visiting San Francisco with my husband, we were eating brunch at a delightful little restaurant when I saw something potentially life-changing on the menu: banana bread french toast. It seemed like a dream come true. I think I was envisioning a brioche-textured french toast with some bananas and a caramel drizzle on top or something like that. Heavenly, right?
When the plate arrived, I almost laughed to myself. Silly me. They literally meant french toast made with banana bread.
Which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. I mean, a good piece of banana bread battered and fried, then topped with syrup? Yes, please, and thank you.
Except that wasn’t the case here. You know how some banana bread is really dense and almost grayish in color? That’s sort of how this was. A piece of thick, dense and gray banana bread that had been dipped in eggs and then cooked.
It wasn’t horrible by any means, but it definitely wasn’t the deliciousness I had expected. It was just…”meh.”
If you ask me, banana bread shouldn’t be dense. And it should never be gray.
Banana bread should be soft, fluffy, and light in color. Just like this perfect version that I make on the regular. This recipe for the most delicious banana bread has been my go-to for years now, and it always gets rave reviews.
The original recipe comes from Two Peas and Their Pod (who, if you don’t already follow, you definitely should! SO MANY amazing recipes!), but I make a simple adaptation of using sour cream instead of buttermilk, simply because I never actually have store-bought buttermilk on hand. I used to mix my own buttermilk for this recipe by combining milk and vinegar or milk and sour cream, but then I got lazy one day and just stirred plain sour cream into the batter. And I haven’t looked back. 🙂
I have been known to buy extra bananas just so that I can let some get over-ripe so I’ll have an excuse to make this banana bread. My kids can practically inhale it, and who can blame them? It really is the most delicious banana bread. Seriously.
Now, I’ll admit that I’ve never made french toast with it. But I can definitely say that its creamy color and velvety softness not only make it the perfect breakfast, but also a fantastic snack or dessert.
Because let’s be honest–life is too short to be disappointed by sub-par banana bread, friends.
- Loaf pan (I use a 9″x5″ pan)
- Pastry blender or potato masher for mashing bananas (you can also use a plain ol’ fork, but I think these tools speed up the process a bit)