Banana Walnut Bread

I need a good happy vacation (who doesn’t right!) *sigh* craaavvvvving!

Lately i have been wandering down the memory lane a lot and lingering there longer than i should. But that’s the best source of entertainment right now considering my sleepy, cranky, numb and moody state of mind. And of course, baking! That’s my ultimate savior. 

So if you’ve had and like banana breads, you should be ecstatic to be reading this 🙂 This bread that i baked was initially inspired by the Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread. Yes, initially. Why? well, because when i started looking around for a recipe similar to Starbucks one, i found 2 recipes that seemed authentic enough, but guess what?! they were both totally different, but claimed to taste just like Starbucks. So i actually ended up making it a third way (that’s what usually happens with me) taking a bit of this and a bit of that until it made the most sense to me. And Eureka! I now have the most light, soft and aromatic banana walnut bread to indulge in.

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Oh and this time around i wanted to try making this without using any electrical equipment just to see the difference and also because I was too lazy to get the mixer out. So did all the mixing by hand and really, the result was no different. It baked beautifully.

Go ahead, you need to try this.

p.s, I’m not claiming this to be exactly a Starbucks version, but its more than good enough for me…until i can go on that much wanted vacation and experience the aromatic soothing coffee shop goodies…till then, this will do just fine 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 large egg

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 tblsp sour cream

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

3 ripe bananas

1/2 cup walnuts

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 180c.

2. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Stir in salt. Set aside.

3. In another mixing bowl, add both the sugars and oil. Mix together using a hand whisk. Add in egg and vanilla essence. Mix again.

4. Mash the bananas with a fork.

5. Now , add the bananas and sour cream and give it a good mix again.

6. Now using a spatula, mix in the dry ingredients a little at a time. in 3 batches preferably. Add in the walnuts at the end too, saving some for the top of the bread.

7. Mix the batter together lightly until just incorporated. Do not over mix.

8. Pour the batter into a lined and greased baking pan. Bake for 45-60 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

9. Let it cool in the pan completely before taking it out.

Plus point: kids love it too. At least mine did 🙂 he couldn’t even wait till it was completely cool and gobbled up a warm slice of yummy banana walnut bread. Well, now i know what to give him for lunch!

Happy Baking.

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