Bettye's Best Banana Bread

  • Yield: servings

"After years of tasting dry and flavorless banana breads, I worked out my own recipe. The secret is in using ripest bananas . . . almost too ripe to handle."


1 3/4cups all-purpose flour
1/4teaspoon salt
1teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2sticks margarine,softened
1 1/2cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/4cup buttermilk
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 to 1cup chopped nuts
1cup well-mashed, overripe bananas
1cup confectioners' sugar
2 to 3tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pans.
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Cream together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately. Beat batter for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in vanilla, nuts and bananas.
  3. Spoon into loaf pans. Bake about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before adding the glaze.
  4. For the glaze, stir confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice together until smooth. Pour over cooled loaves.

—Bettye Brune, Mt. View, Ark.