Misa's Banana Bread


Recipe Description
I developed this during my days in culinary school and took it to a potluck at school. It went over well, so I'd say that's a success.
Preparation Steps:
If you don't have overripe bananas - and I usually don't - mash the bananas ahead of time and heat them up in a pan (you'll probably need to add a bit of butter before you put the banana in so the banana doesn't stick to the pan). There's no exact science to this - you just kind of have to judge whether they're getting sweeter not. I usually put them in the pan for about five minutes. You can always add sugar or syrup to them if you want them sweeter - though I never do.
Level of Difficulty:
easy-peasy
Time Needed:
10 - 15 minutes prep, 45 minutes baking
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 bananas, mashed (slightly chunky)
2 tsp vanilla
juice of half a medium orange
zest from half a medium orange
Serves:
8 (varies depending on your pan)
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a bread loaf pan.

2. Cream together butter and sugar. Add remaining ingredients. Mix until combined.

3. Fold in mashed banana.

4. Pour into pan, bake in oven for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

5. Allow to cool five minutes before removing from pan.