Banana Bread

Here’s a basic banana bread recipe that uses yogurt and baking soda for some of the levening:

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup soft butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1-1/2 cup ripe mashed bananas
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Mix dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, yogurt. Mix with dry ingredients and add bananas, walnuts. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour and 25 mins until toothpick comes out clean.

I’ve been making similar quick bread for a while, but always with a bit too much liquid. This recipe cuts back the liquid portion in half. And, to be more scientific, a probe thermometer should register a temperature of around 190F when it’s done (the internal temperature for soft breads; yeast breads should be between 200 and 210).

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