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4.18.2011

The BEST Buttermilk Banana Bread Recipe + Electrolux Oven Features



After promising my facebook peeps a few weeks ago...  I'm finally posting it.
The BEST banana bread recipe... um... EVER! :)
I'm pretty much a banana bread snob.  I can't STAND dry, flavorless banana bread!  So if you're the same way, then you'll LOVE this recipe.
Before you scroll down to the bottom of the post and find this "butter-licious" recipe, let me just say...

"NO.  This delicious, soft, addicting bread is NOT on your diet.
BUT...
Should you double the recipe, pretend you're going to give most of it away to friends and family, but then gobble down a few loaves yourself, because it's so amazing, that you can't stop eating it, ANYWAY?...... YES!"

lol

Okay, so a few weeks ago Aubrielle and I decided to get down to business with a huge batch of over-ripe bananas, while the twins were at school.  This little chick LOVES to help, anyway she can, so I enlisted her to be my "stir-er" and utensil holder.
:)
This recipe couldn't be easier.

Really.  Besides measuring, you can't mess this up.
Dry ingredients in one bowl.
Wet ingredients in another.
Mix them separately... Then put them all together...
"And stir it all around... And that's. what. it's-all-a-bout!"
Who's doin' the hokey pokey with me, people?


The only "fussy" thing about this recipe is WHAT you cook it in.
You MUST... and I mean MUST... cook this banana bread in small loaf pans.
Don't ask questions... Just do it... mmkay? lol
I've tried cooking this recipe in a large loaf pan, and the texture doesn't come out nearly as amazing.
There must be something about the size, and ingredients that make those small loaf pans the perfect platform, for this delectable treat! :)

I got my small loaf pans at my local grocery store.  5 for $2.00.

Once you've sprayed them with nonstick cooking spray...


Start loadin' 'em up!
Fill them about 3/4 full of batter, like so.


And pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
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Okay, so while we're waiting for our oven to pre-heat... can we just talk about how PRETTY and incredibly SMART the inside of my new oven is?
I know... right now you're probably thinking to yourself...
"Who knew that ovens could be pretty?"
Well... they can :)
See!

It's cobalt blue!
Guess those Electrolux people didn't get the memo, that all ovens have to be that boring speckled gray color. hee hee.  Anywhoo, it's just one of those fun "perks" that go along with this great stove.

 Now for the more important, functional features, lol...
Check this out...

You know how when pulling out your racks, sometimes they stick and after a while, can become impossible to pull out, or push in, without shaking or spilling your food in the process?
Well, this oven, NEVER has that problem... because it has Luxury-Glide racks with a ball bearing system, so that the racks always extend smoothly and effortlessly!

Oooo.....Ahhhh.....


The racks are also made for supporting heavy duty items, like turkeys and roasts, so you can extend the racks out ALL the way to set things on them, and you never have to worry about the rack tilting, or giving out under your items.
AND... there's a nifty little slot for your potholder and hand to fit into, so that sliding the racks in and out is just THAT much easier!
Looove it!



Okay, BACK to the bread....
gah!  It's already done!

Seriously... look at this guy.
Don't you just want a bite?

So now, not ONLY do I have some seriously righteous banana bread, to snack on, giveaway, and freeze for later... but I also had happy twin faces, when they found out that their "oh-so-domestic-Mommy", had a warm yummy treat ready for them, when they came home from school that day.
:)

Ya.  I totally rocked the "Mom Card", that day :)
Dang... I just MAY have a chance for that MOTY award, this time around.
LOL. pshhh, it's only April, so I won't hold my breath. ha!


I've attached this printable, for any of you who want to have a copy of this yummy banana bread recipe, for yourself.
Enjoy!

This is part of a series of six posts, sponsored by Electrolux as part as HomeBuzz.
I am receiving an Electrolux appliance in exchange for my participation.
The opinions stated in these posts are all mine.

56 comments:

  1. I love when I see or hear the words "ball bearing." Totally reminds me of Fletch! I love a good banana bread recipe. I will have to try yours and see how it compares to mine. ;) One secret thing I love to do is dust the insides of the pans with a cinnamon sugar mixture. Sort of caramelizes while baking and makes them extra hard to give away. :)

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  2. Perfect timing - I have ripe bananas (and apple bananas YUM!) sitting on my counter as I type. I'm picking up some buttermilk and pan on the way home tomorrow! Can't wait to try it - We love ourselves some good banana bread.

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  3. Thanks for sharing, it looks delish!

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  4. BEAUTIFUL, I want that stove!!!! Ok and the banana bread too!!

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  5. How pretty is the recipe card you gave us!!
    You're the Best!
    ~Angie~

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  6. Yum Yum Yum!!! I will be making this this week for sure!!! So excited to try it. And um yeah you're oven, totally amazing!

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  7. WOW. You mucst have been channeling my thoughts this morning. I woke up to really RIPE bananas and I have some leftover buttermilk 2 days until expiration date. I was wondering what I could make with them. Then I thought I will check my google reader first and BOOM there it was. House of Smiths the perfect answer. YUMMM!!!!

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  8. Ohhhh banana bread... love the stuff but hate bannanas.. figure that out! Love your oven, my friends got the same one and are also loving it.. the blue inside is sexy indeed! Alas it was not on the market when I bought my double oven 5 years ago.. it's a huge thing and I don't expect it to die anytime to soon.. but if it did... you know what I want :)

    Maddie

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  9. The banana bread looks delicious and your kids are just so adorable. The smooth gliding racks of the oven seem like such a wonderful feature. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. YUMMEE! My familia will LUV this! Pretty pretty oven too! Thx for sharing! =)

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  11. Yum! When you take your banana bread loaves out of the freezer...how do you "defrost" it and warm it up? Do you have a "best" way to do so??

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  12. This looks delicious, I'll have to try it! Thanks for the recipe card. :)

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  13. super cute printable recipe! makes it look super simple and easy :)

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  14. Sounds delish! I use my Nanny's bananna nut bread recipe that's been passed down through generations, but I can't wait to try out this new one! :)

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  15. LOVE that recpie card! PERFECT! The hubby loves banana bread so I will whip this up tonight.
    Buttermilk? (I'm knew, give me a break) What is that?

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  16. Did you say you were giving your neighbors a loaf? I'm waiting! lol
    Ronda

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  17. jiminy christmas i wanna make that. did i ever tell you how much i ADORE banana bread? cuz i TOTALLY do. (do you like how i act like we're best friends and you should know this about me? don't worry, i get that we're not, but still).

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  18. Oh my YUM!!! I too am a banana bread snob...can't wait to try this recipe!

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  19. Saw the post at lunch...made the bread this afternoon. Officially teenage boy tested and approved! In fact, they were saying "ow ow, my mouth is burning". Or, I think that's what they were saying...hard to tell with their mouths STUFFED full of banana bread!

    Thanks for a fantastic recipe!!

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  20. ok first of all, I was CRACKING up laughing when you said about baking a double batch, pretending to give some away but eating a couple loaves yourself, umm...yep! just did that the other day with pumpkin bread! haha! Oh and I totally know what you mean about the mini loaves, I have to do that with my pumpkin bread...makes it even easier to eat a whole loaf....or two! ;) This banana bread looks yummy! can't wait to try it!

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  21. OH!!!!!! SO DELICIOUS! I can't wait to try your recipe! I'm a Texan so we like our banana bread soft moist and FULL of flavor! THIS sounds great!! Aubrielle looks like such a wonderful and beautiful lil helper! :)

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  22. O.K. I made this recipe with my granddaughrter yesterday and yes it is the BEST banana bread ever! And I love banana bread. We added 3/4 c of chopped walnuts. mmm mmmm. Thanks for the recipe. I will be pointing people from my blog here. Karla

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  23. Looks delicious!! I LOVE banana bread!! Thanks for the super cute printable too!!

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  24. Oh, my gosh! That bread looks delicious! Not to mention that adorable little helper you have! How could it not turn out great! :)
    Also, I found your blog, and am currently working on one of your rosette wreathes! LOVE it! :D

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  25. I love banana bread and will definately try this recipe. I always make mine in those little foil loaf pans, my mom does too. For the life of me I can't get banana bread to cook right in a big loaf pan. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  26. Yummy!! I might have to make some today too and my girls would LOVE it when they get off of the school bus. I want a oven like yours....mine is so old....Happy Wednesday and thanks for sharing :)

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  27. Shelly now that is just mean!!! HA! I so want some. I love hot tasty homemade bread with melted butter. WHO DOESN'T? LOVE THE OVEN! winks-jen

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  28. You dont' know me, but i have to say that i love your blog and i stalk it regularly. i do love thee oven and I am looking forward to trying your recipe. Thank you for the cute printable. : )

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  29. I love banana bread and am always sticking those bananas that are getting too ripe into the freezer just for future breads. Thanks for the recipe card; it's such a treat to find recipes made up into card format to just click and save...thanks!

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  30. totally love you! was just thinking of making myself some banana bread the other day.... yet sheepish-ly, I must say I've never done it!!! So guess its time to try something new!! Thanks a bunch.....

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  31. I thought you would like to know that I ran home last night and made this banana bread to send to my daughters' teachers today for Easter. I don't usually like banana bread but this recipe was delicious and easy too! I left my computer on last night with your blog and recipe on the screen. This morning I found my husband checking out the recipe and reading about your new oven. How funny! Thanks so much for this great post :)

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  32. Your Buttermilk Banana Bread recipe looks and sounds DIVINE, I can't wait to get some ripe bananas to try it!
    I would also like to add that we recently purchased nearly all Electrolux appliances in our kitchen(Built in Microwave, Oven, Warming drawer, Fridge, & Trash Compactor) and we especially LOVE their oven! Their Easy Glide system is a dream! It's so effortless that I can use my pinky finger to pull their racks in and out. I can't help but smile each and every time I use my oven! Not only is it pretty but it's easy to clean and change the racks around. If anyone is in the market for a new oven, I highly recommend Electrolux! In case you're wondering, I'm not a paid supporter of Electrolux, I'm just a very happy customer! :D

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  33. Wowzers!!! That bread looks amazing. I especially love the picture of the butter on the bread. mmm good!

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  34. Seriously, Thank you! I've tried (and failed) with SO many banana bread recipes. One I even made a mishmash of other recipes and it turned out great, but I forgot to write it down and I've been looking for a great one ever since. It's nice to finally end my search! :)

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  35. Good Morning! That oven of yours is so beautiful! I want one! :)

    As for the banana bread, well I have real buttermilk and ripe bananas at home. One thing I have to ask, your bread doesn't look.... dark. That is what I like about it! The outside is light and golden and the inside is light in color as well. Most of my banana bread turns out to be very dark golden on the outside (almost black on the bottom) and the inside is always that medium grey color.... It always tastes fine but doesn't look nearly as pleasing as yours. I am trying yours today!!!

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  36. Your kids are adorable ! The picture of your daughter stirring the batter is priceless! She looks like she loves to help her mama ! And your new stove Rocks !!

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  37. Ohhhh!!! Just printed it and cant wait to try it! You are AMAZING!!! Seriously.....I just LOVE your blog!

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  38. By "small" loaf pans, did you mean "mini"? Because I bought the small disposable ones at Wal-Mart today (and I even triple checked that they were smaller than the regular loaf pans and labeled small) and this definitely only filled up three loaf pans... I hope it turns out! Good thing my boyfriend and his roommates aren't picky :)

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  39. My fears about my using the wrong pan were totally unwarranted. My boyfriend (a 23 year old red-blooded American college MALE, btw) told me "no offense, but it's better than your regular banana bread" and then told me that "it's really creamy and moist and gooey and has lots of banana flavor". I'll take it :) Thanks for the great recipe! It will be replacing grandma's.. shhh!

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  40. I made these cute little loaves for Easter today. They were a hit. Everyone loved them. I will be making this recipe again. Thanks!

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  41. Hi Shelly! I saw the recipe and had to make the bread for my husband who loves bananas. He loved the bread. We got some fresh strawberries this weekend so we put in half bananas and half strawberries. He loved it also. Thanks so much for the recipe.

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  42. OMG! Right after this crazy diet I'm on is over...I'm soooo making this!! I pinned it!

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  43. I have been on the hunt for a new banana bread recipe so I am going to give this a try! Thanks for sharing.
    PS:You are beyond LUCKY to have a Electrolux oven! i want one!! Can you get me hooked up?ha

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  44. I've printed out the cute printable recipe card. How do you do that. I'd love to add that feature to my blog. It's a great idea! I assume there are other card styles to choose from.
    Cheers!
    Rita

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  45. My 2 1/2 year old daughter's name is Aubrielle, too! Such a beautiful name! I've never actually seen anybody else with the same name (other than occasionally searching it on Facebook out of curiosity), although I know it exists.

    Oh, and this recipe looks amazing! I have to get to the store to buy some ingredients before I can actually try it but I had to comment about your daughter's name. I found you through Pinterest.

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  46. We have that stove (but the slide in version with controls on the front) I ADORE IT!!!!!! I love the bread proof, the slow cook, the defrost, the dehydrate...I make yogourt in it, bread, I didn't buy a new slow cooker when it broke...

    and I Love that recipe too! :) I use sour milk for mine just to cut on the cost of buttermilk, but sometimes buttermilk is just the only way to go! :)

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  47. OK, where do I sign up to participate in sharing a recipe, blogging about it, and receiving a FREE APPLIANCE!? WTF! Good for you, though. I'm trying the recipe, too! Thanks!

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  48. Where did you find this recipe?? Making it in the morning! Lol :) Although, I will try to give away some... Hehe.

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  49. In case everyone or anyone is wondering how wonderful this recipe is.....It is the best ever!! I make banana bread frequently (we are a banana family) and this is my fav! I've had this receipe since it was posted and I finally pinned it to continue to share. Thanks Shelley for sharing it with us!

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  50. made it into 24 large muffins-outstanding-thanks!!

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  51. Tried this recipe today and it was an absolute hit between my husband and I! Such a great variation of my usual banana bread!

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  52. I can't even count how many times I've made this since I discovered it a few months ago. It's AMAZING!! Thank you for a great recipe. (And I'm too cheap to buy real buttermilk so I just add a little white vinegar to regular milk and it totally works).

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  53. I used petit épeautre (spelt flour) as it was all I had in the cupboard…and used two regular bread tins…but I experienced a major FAIL!!!…I so wanted this one to "work" based on it's rave reviews (and seeing your spectacular results!)..Perhaps it was the density of the flour?..The freshness of my baking powder/soda….my buttermilk which was, admittedly, two days past its' expiration date…not using small mini-pans?!…Most likely…ALL OF THE ABOVE!!…

    I am, however, going to get some of those mini-pans at the store…and try, try again!! Also..would you have an idea as to what the measurement would be for "4 large bananas"?…Would this be approximately one to one and one half cups…or 250-300 grams of purée or mash?..Thank you from France.

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