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Julia’s Banana Bread

Julia's Banana Bread

You know when you stumble onto food that stays in your food memories forever?  That is this banana bread.

A few years ago Ranger Craig and I were exploring the more remote parts of Maui and stumbled onto a banana bread hut.  After driving miles of winding roads, up and down sloping and sometimes steep hillsides, between the greenest and lush valley’s, we found a place called Kahakuloa.  And we found banana bread.  Not just an ordinary banana bread.  This was hands down the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted.  Moist, the perfect amount of sweetness and the purest banana flavor with the most intense banana fragrance.  I’m not sure if it was because we were on vacation and I had just finished a harrowing scuba diving lesson but banana bread has never tasted so good.

I’ve tried recreating this banana bread at least a dozen times.  I’ve come close but for some reason I could never achieve the same taste and texture as the banana bread in Maui.  I knew I was most likely over thinking the ingredient list. So, I decided to hit the web and do a little research.  It seems I’m not the only one smitten by this banana bread recipe.

Julia's Banana Bread

I found it on Bon Appetit  out of the kitchen section.  Julia’s Banana Bread.  There it was in black and white with a snapshot of the lush bread.  As I read the ingredient list I giggled.  So simple, so pure, no wonder this bread is so delicious.

Now I pass it along to you! Just a few simple ingredients that most of us already have stocked.  It doesn’t take but a few minutes to whip up, pop it in the oven for about an hour and you will have the most delicious and pure tasting banana bread.  I baked it exactly as the recipe reads with the exception of using coconut palm sugar instead of granulated sugar (because that’s what I had in my pantry).  The second time I made this bread, I subbed the veggie oil with my favorite extra virgin olive oil.  It was perfection.

Cheers to Fall and all the lush comforting foods that accompany the season!

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,

Karista

Julia’s Banana Bread

Serving Size: Makes one 9x3x5 loaf pan

Julia’s Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • Oil or butter for greasing the pan
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup mashed *ripe bananas (about 2 large)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil (I use either coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9x5x3” loaf pan with oil or butter.

Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Whisk eggs, sugar, bananas, and oil in a large bowl until smooth. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture and stir just until combined. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top.

Bake until a tester inserted into the center of bread comes out clean, 60–70 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let bread cool in pan for 15 minutes.

Run a knife around inside of pan to release the bread. Turn out onto rack and let cool completely before slicing.

*For more intense ripe banana flavor I set my two peeled bananas in a glass bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Whisk the liquid that has accumulated with the banana pulp and use. This will help ripen a "less ripe" banana and intensify the banana flavors.

This bread can be prepared up to three days in advance and store in an airtight container. Which makes this a lovely food gift for the holidays.

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Recipe by Julia’s Banana Bread Treehouse in Kahakuloa, HI

 

 

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Heidi
    October 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Karista, this looks delicious! I’m getting the ingredients tomorrow!

    • Reply
      bennett
      October 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks Heidi! It’s really one of my most favorite recipes. Easy and so delish!

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    frugalfeeding
    October 10, 2014 at 1:29 am

    A beautiful loaf – really beautiful. It looks to have a great consistency,

    • Reply
      bennett
      October 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Thanks Nick! Oddly, just looking at the ingredients I felt a bit hesitant about the final product. But the measurements yield a perfect crumb. Although, I like banana bread less sweet, the sugar amount still works well.

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    Bam's Kitchen
    October 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Moist and delicious! There is something always memorable about what you eat after or during Scuba dives. I thought I was the only one. Maybe it is because your on a holiday or maybe it is just the first perfect thing to remove the sea water flavour from your mouth… Either way a slice of this would make my day.

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      bennett
      October 13, 2014 at 6:24 am

      BAM you’re right… everything is much more memorable after surviving scuba diving. Lol! Although I got certified I haven’t been scuba diving since. I think I’ll stick to snorkeling. 🙂

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    laurasmess
    October 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I feel quite privileged to be reading this illusive recipe after you (and plenty of other people!) have been searching for it for so long! It sounds amazing, partly because of the beautifully written post before it… I can imagine how good the Banana Bread Hut’s bread would’ve tasted after your scuba lesson! I will definitely try this when I get home. I have a favourite banana bread recipe already but I’d be keen to compare this one. Thanks Karista… beautiful post as always xx

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      bennett
      October 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks Laura! It really is a delicious banana bread recipe. Just simple, pure and rich banana flavor. The way banana bread should be 🙂

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    Caroline
    October 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Karista, I am so excited to try this! What a find! We were in Maui this past summer and stopped at a roadside stand that sold all things banana, coconut and pineapple. We were sweltering, so opted for a smoothie, but I regret not getting a piece of banana bread! We did eat the local bananas while we were there though and for some reason, they are so much creamier and tastier than the ones we have here. I’d love this with the olive oil too. Pinned to make ASAP! 🙂 Your images are so lovely.

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