Joanna's After-School Banana Bread recipe is beautifully easy and comes out just the way I like it. I remember mom's banana bread from childhood and this takes me right back! Probably my favorite thing that Joanna does with this recipe is the pan she uses to bake it in.
I always remember the middle slice in a loaf of banana bread being just a little gooey from being underbaked, and this eliminates that all together. The 9x9 square pan she calls for evenly bakes this bread wonderfully.
It's a different shape than I am used to but I loved it! Being able to just grab a small square vs. a crumbly slice is perfect. The bread baked so evenly, the only note I will make for next time is that I will spread more into the corners and leave a small well in the middle, in hopes that this will result in a more perfectly flat top.
That is just me being picky, but I think it will work and it will give me a perfectly uniform square when I cut it. I also went a little light on the sugar for the topping, I will put more in the future for an even more crispy, crunchy topping.
I saved up my bananas for a while to make this so I used 3 from the freezer and 3 from the counter. I liked this because the three from the freezer gave the bread even banana flavor while the three from the counter left chunks that could be seen and tasted. It gave very well rounded flavor and appearance.
I will also note that I baked mine in a pan just like the one pictured in the Magnolia Table Cookbook. I imagine this could be baked in a loaf or sheet pan as well as a casserole or a pie dish. I like different shapes and dishes for different events. Play around with it and make it yours.
I would love to know how yours came out. Leave me a comment below and let me know if you loved this recipe as much as I do!
Until next time, happy cooking!
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MY FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOLS!
Here are a few links to some of my favorite kitchen tools! You get a car, YOu get a car, YOU ALL GET A CAR…in my best Oprah voice
These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the softest in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen!
These are my FAVE Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these.
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic-titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet set or 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This giant vat of olive oil is my favorite, I decant it into a smaller bottle for my counter. Or put this spigot on top of a wine bottle!
My favorite baking dish that is so easy to clean even burnt on cheese slides right off!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
If you love Joanna Gaines as much as I do then the ‘Magnolia Table Cookbook’ is a must in your kitchen, get a copy HERE!