Go-To Recipe 1: My Beloved Banana Bread

Whether you are a world class chef or a world class microwaver, every one of us has a set of "go-to" recipes.  A go-to recipe is one you can make from memory and always have ingredients for.  As I get older, I'm perfecting my go-to recipes, especially in the appetizer, entree and dessert arenas. 

I'm starting a new series here on i Dabble where I share some of my favorite go-tos with you. I thought I would start with something easy, banana bread.  This recipe yields a fluffy, moist loaf that keeps for more than a few days (if it lasts that long.) The best part? It's husband approved! 

Cast of Characters:

1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
1 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of sour cream
2 medium bananas, ripe and sliced (I used 3 smaller bananas this time)
1/2 cup of walnuts (optional) (I opt out, Jamie doesn't do nuts)

1) Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a loaf pan and set aside.

2) Combine butter and sugar in a bowl with a hand mixer.  

3) Add in eggs one at a time and then vanilla extract.  Mix well.  

4) Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and slowly add them into the butter/egg mixture.

5) Stir in the sour cream and sliced banana. If you are using walnuts, stir them in now. 

Pour the mixture into a loaf pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 60 minutes.  

The bread will be a nice, golden color and a fork when inserted will come out dry.  Cool for a few minutes in the loaf pan, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack.  Cut yourself a nice big piece and enjoy with some coffee, tea or a cold glass of milk.  

Do you have go-to recipes? Maybe I should do a link-up for go-to recipes so we can share?  Let me know if you like that idea and I'll set it up for my next go-to recipe post! 


Anna said...

Well I know I speak confidently when i say I speak on behalf of everybody with excitement that you'll be sharing more of these 'go to' recipes!!! I LOVE a good recipe share, but something that people will actually make - and this is a delicious example. Sadly my 'go to' recipe is sooooo naughty!!!! Chocolate caramel slice. eek. BUT SOOOO yummmy. I only make it occassionaly though as Morgs and I eat the whole thing in a few days haha

Anna xo

Hannah @ Tattoos and Pearls said...

O man. My hubby loves banana bread. I might have to try this one out. I have very few go to recipes as I am just not that into cooking but I do have a fabulous pasta salad recipe that I would love to share!

Hannah Tattoos and Pearls

Fabrizia said...

Great post: sounds like a nice recipe!
What about following each other? Cosa mi metto???
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two birds said...

yum! any kind of bread with sour cream in it is good in my book! i have a ton of go to recipes, but none of them involve baking. i am a way better "chef" than "baker"!

Claire said...

yum! how much do i love banana bread and sour cream always makes it so moist! gosh, my go to recipes are usually salads or corn bread! i can whip up some cornbread in like 10 minutes. so i usually do that.


nancy @ adore to adorn said...

oh yum!!! I love banana bread!

Krystal said...

i might try this recipe! i haven't made banana bread in so long!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

i LOVE banana bread! never knew how to make it by scratch. so thanks! mine always comes from a store or mixed from a box. hahaha

Kristina said...

loving banana bread - so very much! need to try this recipe! thanks for the sweet comment! loving my new bike :)

Caro * said...

So delicious :)

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