The Best Banana Bread

Moist banana loaf cake with a crunchy sweet top!

About this loaf:

A one bowl recipe with the sweetest banana flavour, moist cake texture, crunchy crust and only one egg! All making this recipe truly THE BEST Banana bread!

If you look closely in the pictures you can see the brown strands from the bananas as this recipe uses 3 bananas. There is nothing worse than an underwhelming banana flavour, therefore this recipe uses 3 whole bananas to make sure that the Banana is truly the star of the loaf.

Only one egg, just over a cup of flour, a cup of sugar and a few other simple ingredients you would usually have on hand such a baking powder and baking soda. all mixed in one bowl and it could not be simpler.

This recipe has been my “go to ” banana bread for quite some time! this page is definitely the most dirty of all the pages in my recipe book! After making this I’m sure it will be one of your favourites as well.

The Method:

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy

Add the mashed bananas and the vanilla extract

Crack in that egg!

Add in the flour, baking powder and baking soda

Mix well

Pour into a loaf pan and bake for ~1 hour at 350 degrees F

3 tips for success

  1. Use an aluminum or metal pan as the loaf tends to get the best rise and crust texture

2.Mash the bananas into small chunks if they are fresher more green bananas, otherwise they will not bake through and remain hard. But, for softer brown bananas leave in larger chunks as they are already soft.

3.Use your darker or even black bananas! they are sweetest!

Chocolate peanut butter banana bread? Absolutely.

Make this recipe into a chocolate peanut butter banana bread loaf

All that is required to make a chocolate peanut butter version is to reduce the flour from 1 1/2 cups to 1 cup. As well, add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Every other ingredients will stay the same quantity. Top or spread with peanut butter and it is complete! rich decadent peanut butter on sweet moist banana bread.

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins~ 1 hour~ 1 15 mins + cool time
Yields 1 loaf 8×4 inch

The recipe:

The Best Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 C) and grease or line with parchment a loaf pan ~8×4 inch. set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream the softened butter and sugar for about 3 minutes until fluffy and air incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and mix for another minute.

Crack the egg into the mixture and beat until well combined. Now, peel and add all three bananas and use a fork, two knifes, or a potato masher to mash the bananas into small chunks.

Once the bananas are mash and all is well mixed, add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Once added use a spatula to fold the dry ingredients in.

Pour the batter into the pre-lined loaf pan and spread the batter evenly around the pan.

Bake at 350 Degrees F for about 1 hour or until golden on top!

Enjoy!

Happy Baking

Cinnamon Sugared Bundt Cake (aka Donut Cake)

Have you ever dreamed of a Cinnamon sugar Donut the size of a Cake?! Well, you will be dreaming of it now! This moist cake reminds you of the Fair with those sugary donut fingers and singing tastebuds !

A Moist but Firm Cake…

There are thousands of recipes out there for just about any texture you are looking for in a cake! Sometimes you want a spongey cake. other times you want a dense cake with thick icing, say for a birthday?! Well, this recipe mixes a bit of both. I wanted the cakey-ness of the donuts inside, but the dense firmness a doughnut has so it does not completely crumble or deflate.

This recipe holds a firm consistency while also keeping moist! The trick: The vanilla yogurt or sour cream. These add great flavour and help to make a cream consistency but not to runny like eggs will accomplish. While on the topic of eggs, i never liked using 4 eggs in my cakes, and therefore this recipe has one!

One Consideration with this cake:

This recipe makes for a cake about 1/2 the size of a traditional bundt cake pan. If you desire a very Tall/Fuller Cake please double the quantities.

The Recipe:

Prep timeBake Time Total Time
15 mins~40 mins55 mins
Yields 1 medium Bundt Cake: Serves ~8 (double recipe for a Taller cake)

Cinnamon Sugared Bundt Cake (aka Donut Cake)

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt or sour cream

Procedure:

Step 1)

Preheat the Oven to 350 Degrees F or (170 C) * we can do this first because it is quite quick to mix the batter up!*

Step 2)

In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until it is all well combined. Set aside.

Step 3)

In another medium sized bowl beat together the unsalted butter and sugar until grainy sand like consistency appears. 3-5 mins with electric mixer or by hand with a wood spoon. Add the vanilla extract and the egg and mix well. Once combined, pour the wet mixture in the medium bowl into the flour mixture in the larger bowl. Mix the two and add the yogurt or sour cream as you mix. Continue until a smooth thick batter appears.

Grainy butter/sugar consistency

Step 4)

Grease or butter a bundt cake pan before pouring the batter in. Once complete pour the batter in the pan and spread it around to ensure there aren’t any large gaps. Bake for ~40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly from the centre of the cake!

Let cool a few minutes. I would recommend placing on a cooling rack overtop of a pan to trap the excess sugar while sprinkling. (pictures below) Then, serve and enjoy a Cinnamon Sugar aka Donut Cake!

Happy Baking 🙂

Star Bread: oozing with flavour

Sweet Strawberry jam oozing out of soft pull apart bread. Sounds good to me! Star bread is a lovely bread to display on your counter and it truly invites you to go on and pull off a twist! Whether it’s jam or Nutella, or even cinnamon sugar the possibilities are endless. Happy Baking!

The Method

A quick overview of the steps: More detailed in the Recipe itself

  1. The dough: This dough recipe is a very simple one that anyone can master. However, it does take patience. With yeast, sugar, milk ,butter, egg and flour, it can be whipped up pretty quick! however, the importance is the rising. This dough will need 90-120 mins to rise.
  2. Rolling out layers: In order to achieve layers of filling (jam, Nutella, cinnamon etc) we have to roll out 4 discs of dough like mini pizza being spread with pizza sauce. Except we will be using filling not sauce 🙂 After, we will stack all four discs.
  3. The cut and twist: This part gets a little messier as the filling oozes, but fear not! it’s super fun . In the centre of the stacked and filing spread dough, we will place a cup to make a circle ring in the centre as a reference for equal length strips. We will then cut 16 strips and twist them to make 8 peaks of the star shape.
  4. The egg wash: brush with egg wash and bake! Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Tips to consider:

Jam filled !
  • Filling with jam, Nutella, or a spread that is slightly sticky, try to make sure not to overfill. A good way to ensure you do not spread too much on each dough layer is to leave a ring of untouched dough around each disc.
  • When filling try not to leave excess filling on the bottom, otherwise it may burn or stick to the pan/parchment. I suggest wiping up any that fell before putting in he oven 🙂
  • Be sure to use an egg-wash or buttermilk for those crisp edges. If you choose not to. it will turn out nice as well. It will just be a sightly softer bread.
prep timebake time total time
~2 30 mins *includes rising~30 mins~3 hours
Serves 8

The Recipe

Star Bread : Jam filled

Ingredients:

The dough:

  • 2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour + more for rolling later
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

ideas: jam, jelly, Nutella, cinnamon, savoury cheese scallion, etc.

  • Remember the EGG WASH!

Procedure

Step 1) Make the dough.

In a large bowl place the yeast and sugar and warm the milk in a saucepan until just before it simmers/boils or in the microwave for about 40-45 seconds. pour the warm milk onto the yeat and sugar and cover with a towl for 5-7 mins. it should look frothy once done.

Step 2)

Add the butter, flour, egg, and salt to the yeast mixture. You can use your hands or a mixer with a dough hook attachment to mix all the ingredients together until well combined. If it seems quite sticky an additional couple Tablespoons of flour can be added. Not too much!

Step 3)

Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise for 90-120 minutes until it has doubled in size. A nice place for the dough is in the oven on a very low temperature such as “keep warm” or 150 degrees F. After preheated turn the temperature off and the warmth will still linger inside ! perfect temperature for dough! On the kitchen counter works as well.

Step 4)

The filling and assembling:

Take the dough and split it into 4 equal balls. On a lightly floured surface roll the balls out into equal size discs as best you can. Spread your filling on each as if spreading pizza sauce on mini pizzas! now, stack each disc on-top of each-other into a pile. place a glass in the center and make a subtle indent so you can see where the center is to ensure the strips being cut are roughly the same length. First, cut four equal sections around the center. next, cut those all in half, making 8 strips. finally, cut each of those in half, ending with 16 strips. Now, take two strips at a time and twist them opposite. One cockwise, the other counterclockwise, meeting at the end and pinch them together. Repeat until there are 8 peaks to your star bread! 🙂

Step 5)

Brush with egg wash and finish with course sugar.

Step 6)

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F (170 C) and bake for 25-30 mins

Powder sugar. Serve. Enjoy!