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Great-Grandmother's Banana Bread

Great-Grandmother’s Banana Bread
9 votes, 4.56 avg. rating (89% score)
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Yield: 1 loaf

Moist and delicious, this easy banana bread recipe is a Yankee staff favorite.

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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups bread flour (all-purpose works, too)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)


Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream, bananas, and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and add to egg mixture; mix well. Stir in pecans. Pour into greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes, or until loaf tests done.
Updated Thursday, May 8th, 2003

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3 Responses to Great-Grandmother’s Banana Bread

  1. Darrin Stairs June 19, 2005 at 10:32 pm #

    Wow! Delicious! Had to substitute 3/4 of the sugar with brown sugar, and it still turned out moist and delicious. A definite keeper!

  2. Anonymous March 25, 2006 at 11:50 pm #

    I’ve tried several banana bread recipes, and this is the best one, by far!

  3. caroline s. August 1, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    I love it! It is a great treat to bring to parties and to just have at home for a snack. A great recipe!

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