Banana Yeast Bread Recipe
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Banana Yeast Bread Recipe

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Though our two children (now grown; we have one granddaughter) dislike bananas, they've always enjoyed this. It's been a standby since my grandmother shared the recipe before I was married. Cooking is fun for me...but I have to admit I would rather bake than make a meal. Yeast breads are my favorites! -Maralee Meyer, Milford, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 28 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5-1/4 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon water

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 152 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 128 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, cook and stir the milk, butter and sugar over medium heat until butter is melted; cool to 120°-130°. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, salt, 2 eggs, bananas and milk mixture; beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Divide dough in half; shape each into a round loaf. Place on a greased baking sheet; cut slits in tops. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Beat remaining egg with water; brush over the loaves. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 2 loaves (14 slices each).
Originally published as Banana Yeast Bread in Country Woman March/April 1998, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 152 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 128 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 20, 2014

"This makes a wonderful sweetbread that we toasted and had for breakfast with honey butter. The bananas are barely discernible. It has a nice texture without being heavy."

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Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"Very Good! Never had any banana bread like this"

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Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"I have made this several times, It is very easy to follow and a big hit with my family. I also used it as gifts for close friends and they love it! I have added caradomon spice to it for a subtle backnote. Thanks for a great recipe!"

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Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I have made this recipe many times, and it's always delicious even when I vary. I've tried everything: all purpose flour, bread flour, real butter, light butter, 1/2 butter 1/2 applesauce, retard the dough in the fridge overnight, etc ... Amazing every single time. I love to make this into 3 French loaves, which turn out so beautiful with the egg wash. It freezes well and is excellent as French toast!"

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Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"I sprinkled sugar on the top of it before I baked it and it made it even better."

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