Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween / Banana Bread

Spiders for Halloween effect :-)
Happy Halloween everyone!!!
I know this Banana bread is not spooky enough to be a Halloween treat, but I wanted to take something to my friends at work. So, whipped up this bread last night. I always like the taste of quick breads the day after. Of course this banana bread tastes great warm out of the oven too. Thanks to my aunt who gave me this simple, easy and foolproof recipe couple of years ago. I baked so many breads from then on that I can tell the recipe even in my sleep now. I have two loaf pans and I always bake two loaves because it's the same effort you put whether making one or two. I freeze the other loaf wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. It stays good for a month or two. When ready to use, just pop it out of freezer and thaw it overnight at room temperature.
Here you go with the recipe.

What you need:
(makes one 9X5 loaf)

1 1/4 cups All purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 and half ripe banana
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Steps to follow:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl beat eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla extract together. Mash bananas in a separate bowl, add to this mixture and beat again until everything is well mixed.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients - flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. In 2 or 3 batches add flour mixture to wet ingredients and beat until batter comes together.
  5. Grease a loaf pan and pour batter into it.
  6. Bake for 51-53 min. Stick a knife in center and it should come out clean.
  7. Take it out from oven, cool it in loaf pan for 15 min.
  8. Loosen the sides with a knife and place it on a rack to continue cooling for another 30 min or so.
  9. Slice it and serve or store in airtight container. Keeps well in fridge for a week.


  1. Oh please!!get rid of those spiders!

  2. @Ramya - How can it be Halloween without spiders :)

  3. :) Finally I got the bread recipe. I still remember the flavor of the bread (apple and nuts) you gave us. It was awesome :) Will try to bake this one, Aditi loved the bread you gifted her :):)

  4. @Vinitha - Thanks Vinitha, this is the banana version.