Our Resident Bread Baker’s Must-Haves for the Perfect Loaves

The Perfect Loaf is a column from software engineer-turned-bread expert (and Food52’s Resident Bread Baker), Maurizio Leo. Maurizio is here to show us all things naturally leavened, enriched, yeast-risen, you name it—basically, every vehicle to slather…

The Perfect Loaf is a column from software engineer-turned-bread expert (and Food52's Resident Bread Baker), Maurizio Leo. Maurizio is here to show us all things naturally leavened, enriched, yeast-risen, you name it—basically, every vehicle to slather on a lot of butter. Today, a gift guide to make the bakers in your life mighty happy.


As is most often the case, having the right tools makes any task at hand that much easier, and this is undoubtedly true in bread baking. Sure, it’s possible to bake bread with only a bowl, a few containers, and an oven, but having a few essential tools can help you take your baking to the next level—or at least help you keep your kitchen clean, which is an accomplishment in and of itself.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Bringing France to You and Others

Hello, Emily here, from day 29 of the 2nd confinement (lockdown) in France. I never thought you could miss the city you live in, but I miss Paris. Physically she remains present and although stores are allowed to reopen tomorrow, restaurants will remain closed, the streets are quiet and the soul of the city is sleeping. The old Latin motto of Paris is ‘Fluctuat nec mergitur’…

Hello, Emily here, from day 29 of the 2nd confinement (lockdown) in France.

I never thought you could miss the city you live in, but I miss Paris. Physically she remains present and although stores are allowed to reopen tomorrow, restaurants will remain closed, the streets are quiet and the soul of the city is sleeping. The old Latin motto of Paris is ‘Fluctuat nec mergitur’ which roughly translates to ‘tossed by the waves but never sunk’ and wow, has 2020 done some tossing. 

During the second lockdown we have been restricted to a 1km (about half a mile) radius from our homes with a permission slip needed (that you fill out yourself) to go out for essentials (food, medical appointments, etc.) or to exercise. While my little radius included some of my favorite places, most of the city has been decidedly off-limits. 

Over the past 4 weeks we made the most of our allocated hour of ‘exercise’ each day in the nearby Jardin Du Luxembourg, letting the dog do her daily investigating, and letting our kids play in the fresh air. When possible, I also enjoyed a solo walk along the banks of the Seine, whose calm current reminded me that the history of France is filled with challenges that have been overcome. 

I never realized how much of the city I took for granted – perhaps a fitting metaphor for 2020? A quick stop at my local terrace for a coffee or chilled glass of wine, and a quiet exchange with the impeccably dressed waiter. The cultural institutions, who remain shuttered, their beauty and history waiting patiently to be frequented once again (although you can visit many online like the Louvre, Versailles, Centre Pompidou or the Musée d’Orsay). And the small boutiques and independent bookstores that I visit as much for the conversation with the owners as the books. But most of all, I am excited to return to the specialty food shops spread all over town, which were beyond my 1km ‘border.’  Continue Reading Holiday Gift Guide: Bringing France to You and Others...

sour cream and chive fantails

It would not be the Smitten Kitchen if I wasn’t popping in here, chaotic as ever, 24 hours before the cooking- and eating-est day of most of our years, to suggest a new recipe for your menus, that, judging by my DMs, you settled weeks ag…

It would not be the Smitten Kitchen if I wasn’t popping in here, chaotic as ever, 24 hours before the cooking- and eating-est day of most of our years, to suggest a new recipe for your menus, that, judging by my DMs, you settled weeks ago. Good news, however, there’s no timestamp on dinner rolls, especially ones as wonderful as these. If anything, I don’t think we eat them often enough — you know, just because it’s Wednesday.

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One of my favorite recipe concepts from late Gourmet years is Ruth Cousineau’s buttermilk fantail rolls. It’s a startling simple recipe — a buttery, yeast-raised roll — with a brilliant twist: rolling it thin, brushing it with butter, stacking it in little piles of squares, turning each into the cup of a muffin tin. In the oven, the rolls spring open like a fantail, just the loveliest thing. Why make ordinary rolls if you could make rolls that evoke a highly agile bird known for taking intricate looping flights through the air, entrapping prey in their fanned tails? Or if that’s not the energy you want on your holiday table, Gourmet described them at the time as a “blooming flower, with each petal forming a perfect pull-apart bite.”

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Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella

If you’ve never tried panzanella, you’re in for a treat!
Greens are tossed with a medley of fall vegetables, jumbo sourdough croutons (yes, we said jumbo), and tangy-sweet, grainy mustard dressing. Just 30 minutes required for this deceptively wholeso…

Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella

If you’ve never tried panzanella, you’re in for a treat!

Greens are tossed with a medley of fall vegetables, jumbo sourdough croutons (yes, we said jumbo), and tangy-sweet, grainy mustard dressing. Just 30 minutes required for this deceptively wholesome comfort meal.

Origins of Panzanella

Panzanella is a bread salad that’s believed to have originated in Tuscany, Italy. And it may have been invented by peasants as a way to use up stale bread.

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Avocado Club Sandwich

Here’s the most irresistible avocado sandwich: the Avocado Club! It’s filling and full of hearty flavor, the ideal easy lunch idea. No matter how many new recipes we find, Alex and always need more easy lunch ideas to keep things fresh. So here’s an easy lunch recipe that hit the spot with both of us: our Ultimate Avocado Sandwich, aka the Avocado Club! Contrary to what you might think, simply slapping an avocado on a sandwich is not as delicious as it sounds. Alex and I have had lots of sub-par veggie sandwiches that aren’t hearty or filling. So we created this Avocado Club: full of umami flavor and so satisfying that it surprised us both. The combination of smoky, rich, hearty, crunchy and savory is so irresistible…you’ll want to eat it all over again once it’s gone. Ingredients in this avocado sandwich What makes this avocado sandwich the ultimate sandwich? Well, often veggie sandwiches are just comprised of crunchy veggies and no savory elements, making them crunchy and unsatisfying. This Avocado Club combines the best hearty and rich flavors to make a killer sandwich. Here’s what you need: Bread: A hearty, whole grain bread with lots of nuts and […]

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Here’s the most irresistible avocado sandwich: the Avocado Club! It’s filling and full of hearty flavor, the ideal easy lunch idea.

Avocado sandwich

No matter how many new recipes we find, Alex and always need more easy lunch ideas to keep things fresh. So here’s an easy lunch recipe that hit the spot with both of us: our Ultimate Avocado Sandwich, aka the Avocado Club! Contrary to what you might think, simply slapping an avocado on a sandwich is not as delicious as it sounds. Alex and I have had lots of sub-par veggie sandwiches that aren’t hearty or filling. So we created this Avocado Club: full of umami flavor and so satisfying that it surprised us both. The combination of smoky, rich, hearty, crunchy and savory is so irresistible…you’ll want to eat it all over again once it’s gone.

Ingredients in this avocado sandwich

What makes this avocado sandwich the ultimate sandwich? Well, often veggie sandwiches are just comprised of crunchy veggies and no savory elements, making them crunchy and unsatisfying. This Avocado Club combines the best hearty and rich flavors to make a killer sandwich. Here’s what you need:

  • Bread: A hearty, whole grain bread with lots of nuts and seeds is delicious, or do an artisan bread or sourdough loaf
  • Avocado: Of course, make sure it’s perfectly ripe before you attempt this sandwich.
  • Tomato & lettuce: Same deal: make sure it’s ripe and juicy. If it’s the off-season, hydroponic greenhouse grown tomatoes have the best flavor.
  • Mayonnaise: The mayo brings massive savory flavor and moisture to the sandwich: do not omit! Use vegan mayo as necessary.
  • Cheese: Use both cheddar and provolone for contrasting color and flavor.
  • Coconut bacon (or bacon): The best part! Coconut bacon is so smoky and savory, you’ll forget this is a vegetarian sandwich (see below). Or you can use regular bacon if this is part of your diet.

Put it all together, and you’ve got a sammie that’s so savory and delicious, you’ll want to keep eating it over and over. (At least we have!)

Avocado sandwich

How to cut an avocado…the safe way!

Heard those stories of people cutting their hands when trying to cut an avocado? Don’t worry: there’s a safe way to cut an avocado and remove the pit. Once we learned this trick, we’ve used it countless times when making our favorite avocado recipes. Here’s what to know (or watch this video):

  1. Cut in half: Using a large chef’s knife, cut lengthwise around the avocado. Twist the two halves to separate them.
  2. Remove the pit: Place a towel in your hand and put the avocado on top. With a gentle but quick motion, tap the knife into the avocado pit, then twist it to remove it.
  3. Safely pull the pit from the knife: Do not attempt to remove the avocado pit with your hand! Instead, pull the cutting board close to your body, then place the pit against the far edge of the cutting board and pull back to release it from the knife. (Watch the video for this part!)
  4. Remove from the peel and slice: Use a large spoon to scoop out the avocado from the peel. Place the avocado with the cut side down, then cut it into slices.
Coconut bacon

The flavor maker: coconut bacon (or use standard)

Over here we eat vegetarian or plant-based most of the time, so we have a few tricks up our sleeve when it comes to adding a savory bacon flavor. There are three different ways to make vegan bacon, and they would each work well in this sandwich! Here’s a little breakdown on the types of vegan bacon, with coconut bacon as our top choice here:

  • Coconut Bacon: It’s easy to make with large coconut flakes and tastes amazing. You can barely detect a coconut flavor: it’s savory and smoky, with a nice crunch. Go to this Coconut Bacon recipe.
  • Shiitake Bacon: You can also make bacon out of shiitake mushrooms! It’s incredibly delicious, but doesn’t have the crunchy texture contrast. But if you prefer, go to Shiitake Bacon recipe.
  • Tempeh Bacon: Another option is using tempeh, a pressed soy cake that’s an alternative to tofu with more texture. We use it in our Vegan BLT and it would be great here. Go to Tempeh Bacon recipe.

Variations on this avocado sandwich

If you’re not into the Club sandwich vibe for this avocado sandwich, there are lots of variations! Overall, we like to include hearty, savory ingredients to keep the sandwich satisfying. Here are a few other flavors that pair well with avocado:

  • Cream cheese or goat cheese: Substitute a creamy cheese instead of the cheese slices.
  • Hummus: Want a vegan avocado sandwich? Hummus brings in savory notes that can stand in for cheese. (Go to Hummus Sandwich.)
  • Avocado egg sandwich: Add a fried egg or chopped hard boiled egg to make an avocado egg sandwich. (Go to Pesto Breakfast Sandwich and add avocado.)
Avocado sandwich

Make it a meal: a few great sides!

Honestly: we more often eat this avocado sandwich for dinner! The Avocado Club concept makes it seem fancy enough to write on a meal planning chalkboard, right? If you’re planning it for dinner, here are a few nice ideas for side dishes:

This avocado sandwich recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, use vegan mayo or hummus and skip the cheese.

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 sandwiches
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s the most irresistible avocado sandwich: the Avocado Club! It’s filling and full of hearty flavor, the ideal easy lunch idea.


Ingredients

  • 1 handful coconut bacon (or cooked bacon)
  • 4 slices bread
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 large ripe tomato
  • Mayonnaise
  • 4 large leaves romaine lettuce
  • 1 slice cheddar cheese
  • 1 slice provolone cheese

Instructions

  1. Make the coconut bacon in advance and store in the freezer until ready to serve (no need to defrost). Alternatively, cook the bacon. 
  2. Toast the bread (optional but recommended).
  3. Slice the avocado and slice the tomatoes. Sprinkle the tomato slices with a pinch of salt. 
  4. Slather both sides of the bread with mayonnaise. Layer the bottom bread slice with cheddar and provolone cheese, then tomato slices and avocado slices. Top with a sprinkle of coconut bacon and the romaine lettuce. Add the other slice of bread and serve. 
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Sandwich
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Avocado sandwich

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Southern Cornbread

This classic, savory Southern cornbread is just begging for a bowl of chili or a plate of ribs. Made with all cornmeal, straight buttermilk, and no added sugar (like it should be!) in a cast iron skillet, this cornbread is an easy dinner side…

This classic, savory Southern cornbread is just begging for a bowl of chili or a plate of ribs. Made with all cornmeal, straight buttermilk, and no added sugar (like it should be!) in a cast iron skillet, this cornbread is an easy dinner side dish.

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bialy babka

Completely randomly — an idea just fluttered down like a November leaf and landed on this patch of calendar, the day before the day in which all of the time we do not spend on a line to vote we will instead spend glued to election return…

bialy babka

Completely randomly — an idea just fluttered down like a November leaf and landed on this patch of calendar, the day before the day in which all of the time we do not spend on a line to vote we will instead spend glued to election returns and trying not to bite our nails down to the nub — I’ve been thinking about the kind of cooking we do when tensions are high and a little distraction might be the height of self-care. May I recommend some extended time in the kitchen? Stirring a pot, kneading a dough, and reading a recipe forces us to briefly pause our scrolling and invest in something tangible, like a cozy meal. Lasagna with fresh pasta sheets! Peerless chicken noodle soup. A really luxurious Caesar salad. Pot pies. Wildly decadent macaroni-and-cheese. Falafel, from scratch. The highest calling of tomato soup and grilled cheese.

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Chipotle Tomato Soup with Smoked Cheddar Pull Apart Bread.

This chipotle tomato soup is an absolute GAME CHANGER. Mostly because it is served with super easy and quick smoked cheddar pull apart bread. You will struggle to stay away from this entire loaf. Oh boy is this incredible. I’ve told you before about how I love the tradition of tomato soup and grilled cheese […]

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This chipotle tomato soup is an absolute GAME CHANGER.

chipotle tomato soup with smoked cheddar pull apart bread

Mostly because it is served with super easy and quick smoked cheddar pull apart bread. You will struggle to stay away from this entire loaf. Oh boy is this incredible.

chipotle tomato soup with smoked cheddar pull apart bread

I’ve told you before about how I love the tradition of tomato soup and grilled cheese on Halloween! I think one of you readers even tipped me off to the tradition. This would have been an awesome tradition when I was growing up because we always ate dinner quickly before trick-or-treating! 

sourdough bread stuffed with smoked cheddar

These days, we usually have our parents and family over on Halloween – the result of having the first born grandchild/nephew, etc. SO I make a chili bar for everyone, which is also very fun. It’s also much easier than cooking 12 separate grilled cheeses, you know? 

But if you’re looking for traditions for Halloween night, this tomato soup and grilled cheese one needs to happen!

saucepan of chipotle tomato soup

This twist is PERFECTION. I realize that 2020 is the year that we’re not supposed to be sharing food, but here we are and I think if you make this pull-apart bread for just your family in your home to share, you’re golden.

baked smoked cheddar pull apart bread

First, the soup!

This soup is basically my go-to favorite, nordstrom copycat (but better, I swear) tomato soup. I added a little bit of chipotle chili powder to the base, cooking it over heat with the shallots and garlic. 

The end result is INCREDIBLE. There is this slight bite of heat but it is not spicy, if that makes sense. There is the perfect amount of heat and I am not someone who loves spicy food. If you dip your bread in the soup, it’s even milder. A spoonful will give you a little lasting heat flavor, but otherwise it is a dream! 

P.S. if you don’t want anything spicy at all, just skip the chipotle. It’s as easy as that.

chipotle tomato soup

Now, for the bread!

YEARS ago, I made this white pizza pull apart bread. It’s definitely a cheaters recipe but really oh-so delish. You simply cut a grid pattern into a loaf of bread (I prefer sourdough) and stuff it full of cheese.

Yes. Stuff it full of cheese. OMG my dream. 

Then bake it!

smoked cheddar pull apart bread

The end result are these perfect cheese-covered bread slices that are incredible for dipping. Or just eating on their own. Basically… inhaling. 

chipotle tomato soup with smoked cheddar pull apart bread

This flavor combo cannot be beat! Chipotle tomato soup with a hint of smoky heat, and then smoked cheddar cheese melted all over the rustic sourdough. 

chipotle tomato soup with smoked cheddar pull apart bread

DREAM MEAL. 

chipotle tomato soup with smoked cheddar pull apart bread

Chipotle Tomato Soup with Smoked Cheddar Pull Apart Bread

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Chipotle Tomato Soup with Smoked Cheddar Pull Apart Bread

This chipotle tomato soup is creamy and delish with a hint of heat. Serve with smoked cheddar pull apart bread for a slice of heaven!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

chipotle tomato soup

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 28 oz diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup cooking sherry
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • freshly snipped chives for garnish

smoked cheddar pull apart bread

  • 1 loaf sourdough bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 8 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • fresh chives, for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add in the shallots and garlic, cooking until soft and slightly golden and stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and chipotle powder and cook for another 5 minutes. Add in the tomatoes, sherry, chicken stock, brown sugar, basil, salt and pepper, then bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Transfer the soup to a high-powered blender and carefully blend until pureed. Transfer back to the pot over low heat. Right before serving, stir in the heavy cream. Taste and season additionally with salt and pepper if needed – it might, depending on your tomatoes. To serve, drizzle the soup with the extra cream and garnish with chives.

smoked cheddar pull apart bread

  • Preheat oven for 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice a grid pattern into the loaf of bread, leaving about an inch uncut at the bottom of the loaf. I find it easiest to slice longways and then go back and slice the rest of the grid.
  • Loosely tent the bread with foil and place in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the bread and gently pry apart the bread squares. Drizzle the butter into the crevices of the bread. Gently pull apart the bread again and stuff the grated cheese into the crevices and pile it on top. Bake the bread for 15 to 20 minutes, uncovered, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Sprinkle with chives and serve immediately.

chipotle tomato soup with smoked cheddar pull apart bread

I mean look at that meltiness.

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Easy Banana Nut Bread

This easy classic banana nut bread is everything a banana bread should be: moist, warm spiced, and studded with crunchy toasted walnuts. Do you like your banana bread…nutty? A few dark brown bananas are an ordinary sight on our counter (yours too?). Usually our go-to banana recipes are healthy muffins or banana oatmeal pancakes, but this time we wanted something new. Meet this ultra Classic Banana Nut Bread! This one is just like Grandma’s: moist and cinnamon-scented, with bursts of crunchy walnuts throughout. To take it over the top, toast the nuts in a skillet to bring out their nutty undertones before gently folding them into the batter. Ingredients in this banana nut bread This banana nut bread is a straightforward take on the classic! We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve, so here are a few notes on what you’ll need: Bananas: Make sure they are ultra ripe! Spotty and brown is good and black works too! Walnuts: You can use any type of nut in banana nut bread. Walnuts and pecans are the most classic: but you can get creative (see below). Neutral oil: We prefer oil in our quick breads because it doesn’t require melting like […]

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This easy classic banana nut bread is everything a banana bread should be: moist, warm spiced, and studded with crunchy toasted walnuts.

Banana nut bread

Do you like your banana bread…nutty? A few dark brown bananas are an ordinary sight on our counter (yours too?). Usually our go-to banana recipes are healthy muffins or banana oatmeal pancakes, but this time we wanted something new. Meet this ultra Classic Banana Nut Bread! This one is just like Grandma’s: moist and cinnamon-scented, with bursts of crunchy walnuts throughout. To take it over the top, toast the nuts in a skillet to bring out their nutty undertones before gently folding them into the batter.

Ingredients in this banana nut bread

This banana nut bread is a straightforward take on the classic! We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve, so here are a few notes on what you’ll need:

  • Bananas: Make sure they are ultra ripe! Spotty and brown is good and black works too!
  • Walnuts: You can use any type of nut in banana nut bread. Walnuts and pecans are the most classic: but you can get creative (see below).
  • Neutral oil: We prefer oil in our quick breads because it doesn’t require melting like butter: one less step!
  • Light brown sugar: Color matters here! Dark brown makes the bread a very dark color
  • Eggs, baking soda & salt: The regular players for a quick bread.
  • Cinnamon and allspice: Allspice gives it just the right unique intrigue in flavor!
  • Vanilla: A hefty dose of vanilla gives it a smooth flavor.
  • All purpose and whole wheat flour: A mix of flours adds a nuance to the flavor a pinch of nutrients.
How to make banana nut bread

How to make banana nut bread

Banana nut bread is like any quick bread recipe. If you’ve made pumpkin bread or zucchini bread, you know the drill! There’s one extra step you’ll need in the beginning:

  • Toast the nuts in a dry skillet. This brings out their nutty flavor (see below).
  • Mix the wet ingredients. Mash that banana with a fork or potato masher first.
  • Mix the dries in a separate bowl.
  • Stir to combine, then gently fold in the nuts.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, then add foil and bake 15 more. Add the foil to make sure the nut topping doesn’t get too brown.

Why toasting the nuts makes a difference

The first step to this banana nut bread is toasting the nuts. Why do you toast nuts? Toasting nuts brings out at beautiful nutty essence that’s otherwise undetectable. You have to taste it to believe it, but there’s a huge difference between a raw nut and a toasted nut.

Over here, we always toast our nuts (yep!) before adding them to salads and desserts. So why not do it before folding into a quick bread? You can toast nuts on the stovetop or in the oven. Here’s How to Toast Nuts (2 Best Ways!).

Easy banana nut bread

Alternate nuts & mix-ins for banana nut bread!

Walnuts and bananas are a classic combination. But you can get creative with other types of nuts or add-ins! Here are a few ideas of mix-ins for banana nut bread:

  • Pecans
  • Hazelnuts
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch or peanut butter chips
  • Dried cherries or cranberries
  • Shredded coconut

The most fun part is combining them to make interesting flavors! Try chocolate hazelnut banana bread, cashew cherry, or coconut butterscotch.

Banana nut bread storage

Here’s the great thing about this banana nut bread: it’s seriously moist and keeps very well! You’ll find it’s even softer and moister the second day. We like to keep it at room temperature because it’s so beautifully moist and you can eat it right away. But here are a few options for storage:

  • How long does banana bread last at room temperature? 4 to 5 days, covered in aluminum foil.
  • Can you refrigerate banana bread? You can! Keep in mind that it does dry out a bit in the fridge. It also tastes a little better at room temp, so you may want to leave it on the counter for a few minutes before eating.
  • Can you freeze banana bread? Yes! Slice it into pieces and wrap it in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer safe bag or container. It stays good for about 3 months.
Best banana nut bread

Vegan variation

Do you eat plant-based? It’s easy to make this banana nut bread vegan: just substitute flax eggs for the eggs. Flax eggs are simply ground flax seed mixed with water: it combines to make a gel-like substance that’s great as a binder in vegan baked goods.

Want another option? This Vegan Banana Bread is extremely delicious.

More banana recipes (bread, muffins, oh my!)

What else can you make with ripe bananas? So many things. Our favorite are our healthy muffins (many variations below), but there are lots of options. Here are our favorite banana recipes:

This banana nut bread recipe is…

Vegetarian and dairy-free. For plant-based and vegan, substitute flax eggs for the eggs.

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Banana nut bread

Easy Banana Nut Bread


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 to 12 slices
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This classic banana nut bread is everything a banana bread should be: moist, warm spiced, and studded with crunchy toasted walnuts.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnut halves and pieces 
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas  (4 or 5 very ripe bananas)
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil (organic vegetable, canola or grapeseed)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs (or flax eggs for vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter an 8 or 9-inch loaf pan.
  2. Toast the walnuts: Place the nuts in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat. Heat, shaking the pan and stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the nuts are fragrant and slightly darker brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stay at the stove because the nuts can easily burn! Remove immediately from the heat and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking. Then chop the walnuts: it should be enough for about 3/4 cup.
  3. Make the batter: Mash the bananas in the bottom of a large bowl, enough for 1 1/3 cup. Whisk in the oil, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the baking soda, kosher salt, all-purpose flour, and whole wheat flour to the bowl and stir together with a spoon. Gently fold in the 1/2 cup walnuts.
  5. Bake: Pour the batter into the loaf pan and top with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped walnuts. Bake 45 minutes, then add foil loosely on the top. Bake another 10 to 15 minutes a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean (or the internal temperature is 200 degrees): the exact timing will depend on the size of the pan.
  6. Cool: Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then run a knife around the edge and invert the loaf onto a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Storage info: The bread lasts 4 to 5 days at room temperature wrapped in aluminum foil, refrigerated for 10 days, or frozen for 3 months (slice it into pieces and wrap it in plastic wrap then a freezer-safe bag or container).

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Banana nut bread

More quick bread recipes

Quick breads are breads that don’t use yeast, like banana bread and pumpkin bread! They bake right after mixing up the batter. Here are a few more quick breads to try:

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