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How to Make Super Moist Banana Bread

10:26 AM

I have been trying to be better with my baking this year.  In fact, I have been taking advantage of some of the sale-priced bananas (known at our store as "antique" bananas) to make up some delicious banana bread!  I have been adapting recipes from some of my favorite cookbooks to make it more like the bread I remember as a child, but two things pretty much guarantee that any banana bread recipe will be more moist and delicious:

  • one additional banana than what the recipe calls for
  • twice the vanilla
After you've made these two small tweaks, the bread is more moist, and very sweet, especially if you do the extra trick to finish the bread out:  I let it sit in a storage bag or plastic wrap in the fridge over night before I eat it.  (My grandma used to use empty bread sacks.) 


 The next day, the bread is full of moisture and flavor -- perfect with some fresh sweet cream butter!


If you have a recipe you've always wanted to try, might I suggest going with the extracts from McCormick?  I adore their lemon extract, and the vanilla is what I use in my banana bread.  (There simply is no substitution for pure extract, in my opinion.)


Are you ready to bake up a storm for graduation parties or other May events?  Be sure to check out McCormick's Pinterest Board for additional inspiration!


Wanna Win?  We are giving away a fun gift pack to help you in the kitchen.  It includes:


A muffin pan, glass baking dish, assorted baking accessories, and McCormick spices and extracts!

To be entered to win, just comment on this post with a recipe idea you want to try this Spring or Summer!  You have until May 15th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in. You may enter every day, and we will pick one winner at random from all eligible entries. (Please answer the question for the first comment entry. Each daily entry after that can be "enter me." ) This giveaway is open to U.S. residents ages 18+. See our full rules here.

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*Sample received to review. Opinions are 100% my own.

 

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  1. I want to try making a red velvet cake with layers. Maybe a red velvet cheesecake! Bukaeyes@AOL.com

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  2. I planted a big garden this year, and I'm hoping to get a good batch of Zucchinis and Pumpkins to play around with and come up with some delicious creations! Pumpkin cheesecake and Zucchini brownies are on my list!

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  135. Oh, boy. I love banana bread, but it never comes out well no matter what recipe I try. I may give this a shot!

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