Dress up banana bread with nuts, spices, chocolate

This undated photo provided by America's Test Kitchen in December 2018 shows Banana Bread in Brookline, Mass. This recipe appears in the "Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs." Daniel J. van Ackere/AP

Servings: 10

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes, plus cooling time

Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 very ripe bananas (skins should be speckled black)

3/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1/4 cup plain yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Gather Cooking Equipment

81/2-by-41/2-inch metal loaf pan

2 bowls (1 medium, 1 large)

Whisk

Large fork or potato masher

Rubber spatula

Toothpick

Oven mitts

Cooling rack

Cutting board

Chef’s knife

Start Cooking

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 F. Spray bottom and sides of 81/2-by-41/2-inch metal loaf pan with vegetable oil spray.

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

Peel bananas and place in large bowl. Use large fork or potato masher to mash bananas until broken down but still chunky.

Add sugar, eggs, melted butter, yogurt, and vanilla to bowl with bananas and whisk until combined.

Add flour mixture and use rubber spatula to gently stir until just combined and no dry flour is visible. Do not overmix — batter should look thick and chunky. Use rubber spatula to scrape batter into greased loaf pan and smooth top.

Place loaf pan in oven. Bake until banana bread is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.

Use oven mitts to remove banana bread from oven. Place loaf pan on cooling rack and let banana bread cool in pan for 15 minutes.

Use oven mitts to carefully turn loaf pan on its side and remove banana bread. Let banana bread cool on cooling rack for at least 1 hour. Transfer to cutting board, slice, and serve.

Make It Your Way

n Dress up banana bread with nuts, spices, citrus zest, or chocolate.

n Stir 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped, into batter along with flour mixture.

n Stir 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips into batter along with flour mixture.