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Cathy's Banana Bread
April 22, 2007

I've made this recipe time and time again and always get excellent results!! -I always stick to margarine, even though I'm tempted to use butter!! -I've been short on sour cream and added flavored yoghurt to make up for the lacking. -I add 3 bananas (medium-large size), but add a couple additional tablespoons flour to ensure it doesn't turn out soggy. -As a personal preference, I also add toasted chopped nuts (about 3/4 cup) at the end. For people who might be having issues with it getting too dark on top, here's my suggestions: Turn your oven to 375-400 and bake it for 5-7 minutes. (This ensures your bread gets a good "oven pop" from the heat. The baking powder reacts with the heat, therefore this initial heat will help your bread rise and give it a good peak.) After the 5 minutes, lower your oven to 350 and cook the rest of the way. If your bread starts to darken on top, but is still gooey inside, simply place a piece of foil on top and continue to bake as normal. Do not wrap the bread in the foil, simply lay it flat on top. Just remember all ovens are different, therefore a bit of trial & error will help solve certain issues and hopefully teach you things in the process! :)

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