My First Baking Experience: Banana Bread with Walnuts. A Beginner’s Guide.

I love baking but for the last 30 years of my existence, I have never done it until today. Either I didn’t have the equipment or simply didn’t have the time. Okay, I must admit – I didn’t make time. Today changed it all because I am finally able to break the record – I am baking, at last!

Starting with the very simple recipe I got from my sister-in-law, we made a Banana Bread with a little twist to it, we’re adding walnuts to give it a different texture and flavor. See below the step by step guide.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 overripe bananas (especially those with dark spots on the peel, it is said to produce more TNF or Tumor Necrosis Factor which combats cancer).

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  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 medium sized eggs (beaten)
  • ½ cup of butter (melted)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup walnuts

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F while preparing the batter.
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the wet ingredients: butter, vanilla extract, eggs. Mix well.

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4. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, walnuts. Mix well.

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5. Combine dry and wet ingredients together and mix thoroughly.

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6. Prepare a cake pan (baking takes 45 mins) or loaf pan (baking takes an hour). Line it with a foil and spray with a baking oil, preferably vegetable oil.

7. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly

banana bread8. Onto the oven. Set timer to 45 mins or 1 hour. Make sure to check from time to time.

banana bread9. Once it turns brown, do the toothpick test. Insert the toothpick into the center of your bread. If you see wet batter on the toothpick, it needs more time in the oven. If it comes out clean, your banana bread is done.

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This is one moist, yummy banana bread! Don’t forget to have it cool off before trying a bite!
More baking blogs coming up soon!