Adding Extra Ingredients to a Banana Bread Recipe

When it comes to banana bread recipes, there is certainly no shortage of places to look for them. What with all the home bread making cookbooks and various websites you can try, you may well discover that there are more recipes than you ever imagined. That being the case, you will have to try to narrow them down by either trying a few of the recipes for yourself or guessing based on the ingredients listed with the ones you might like.

Do not expect the websites to help you on that one though. Each person who has submitted their recipe will be able to tell you why theirs is better than any other and how their family and friends love their banana loaf better than any one they have ever tried before. This is not vanity but simply pride in something that they have made themselves and watched others enjoy.

When you compare each banana bread recipe, you will discover that the majority of them share a number of basic ingredients. These include flour, butter or margarine, white or brown sugar, eggs and, of course, the most important ingredient of all – the over ripe mushy bananas.

After this, the recipes begin to move away into the elements that make them unique. For instance, a creamier banana loaf will make use of cream cheese to give it that extra texture. A different type of banana bread uses all the basic ingredients but then includes slightly different spicing to give it a more interesting and unique taste. The spices used can include nutmeg, cinnamon and walnuts.

Many folks find banana bread excessively sweet so to dull down the sugary taste, some recipes call for sour cream to be included in the mix. Others do away with the sugar and the butter all together in order to make for a low calorie loaf. The variations are endless with chocolate chip, maple or cinnamon banana loaves all being possibilities.

There are so many types of banana bread to make that it will take time to choose the recipe that you like the best. Remember that if you have a bread machine you can make banana bread in it as well. The recipes will be slightly different but just as easy to find. So many folks own these machines nowadays that there are nearly as many bread machine recipes as there are regular recipes.