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Welcome to Back of the Pack, where we’re about to show you how to make the most incredible high altitude banana bread. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this mouthwatering recipe from Gold Medal Flour. Trust us, it lives up to its name!
The Secret to a Perfect Loaf
To start, preheat your oven to 350°F and generously grease the bottom of your 9×5 loaf pan. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure your loaf rises beautifully and doesn’t stick to the pan.
Mixing Up the Magic
In a bowl, cream together 1/2 cup of softened butter and 1-1/4 cups of sugar. You can use a pastry cutter or an electric mixer for this step. Once the butter and sugar are perfectly combined, add two eggs and mix well.
Now, here comes the star ingredient – three or four very ripe medium bananas. Mash them up and add them to the bowl. If extracted banana pulp grosses you out, just look away! For precise measurements, aim for one and a half cups of mashed bananas.
Next, pour in 1/2 cup of buttermilk, giving your batter a moist and tender texture. Don’t forget to add a teaspoon of vanilla. Feel free to use any type of vanilla you prefer – powdered or liquid – it’s your choice.
The Perfect Blend
In a separate bowl, mix together 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of salt, and 1 cup of your favorite chopped nuts. We recommend classic walnuts, but any nuts will work. Get creative and choose what you love!
Now, combine the flour mixture with the banana batter. Mix everything together by hand until there are no streaks of flour left. But be careful not to overmix! Overdoing it can result in a dense and heavy loaf instead of a light and fluffy one.
Time to Bake
Grease the bottom of your loaf pan to ensure your bread rises evenly. Pour the batter into a 9×5 loaf pan or two 8×4 loaf pans if you prefer smaller loaves.
Pop your pan(s) into the preheated 350°F oven. If using a 9×5 pan, bake for about an hour and 15 minutes. If using two 8×4 pans, reduce the baking time to one hour.
To know if it’s done, insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, your banana bread is ready to be devoured! Trust the recipe, just like we do.
The Finishing Touch
Once out of the oven, run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the loaf. Transfer it to a cooling rack to cool completely. The recipe suggests waiting an hour before slicing, but let’s be honest, 20 minutes feels like an eternity. Go ahead and indulge a little earlier if you just can’t resist.
You might notice a beautiful caramelized top, adding a touch of decadence to your loaf. But when you take a bite, you’ll experience sheer delight. The fluffy texture, combined with the flavors of banana, vanilla, and walnuts, creates a perfect harmony of taste.
Congratulations! You’ve just mastered the art of making the Best Ever High Altitude Banana Bread. It’s a recipe that always delivers, satisfying your cravings and leaving you craving more. So, what are you waiting for? Grab those ripe bananas and get baking. Your taste buds will thank you!
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