Banana bread is one of life’s small pleasures, tasting moist and succulent with that subtle but unmistakable taste and aroma of bananas.
Maybe you have been asking yourself how to make banana bread in a bread machine, and if so, you’re in for a treat today.
Not only does using a bread machine allow you to make delicious banana bread with complete ease, but it will also ensure the bread stays most throughout the baking process.
As an inbuilt kicker, you can also use up any ripe bananas, ending up with first-class banana bread without firing up the oven.
I. How to Bake Banana Bread in a Bread Machine
If you’re rustling up bread in the bread machine, you’ll enjoy a seamless and almost hands-off process that generates very little mess. With almost all the ingredients mixed up in the pan you use for baking, this is bread making at its easiest.
One thing to keep uppermost in mind is that all bread makers are slightly different, so you’ll need to follow the directions for your specific model closely for best results.
Also, make certain all your ingredients, both wet and dry, are combined in the pan. Everything needs to be mixed and baked right away if you want first-class banana bread out of your machine.
You’ll typically use either the rapid bread or dough setting when you’re making banana bread in your bread machine.
Once the cycle is complete, you can check if your bread is done using a toothpick. Give it a little longer if it’s not quite baked to perfection.
II. Making Banana Bread in a Bread Machine with Ease
OK, with those basics sketched in, it’s time to get down to business.
What You Need
Here’s what you need to grab by way of supplies:
- Soft and unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
- Eggs (2, lightly beaten)
- Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
- Bananas (3 medium-sized, ripe)
- Light brown sugar (1 packed cup)
- All-purpose flour (1 cup)
- Salt (1/2 teaspoon)
- Baking powder (1 teaspoon)
- Baking soda (1 teaspoon)
- Chopped walnuts (3/4 cup, optional)
What To Do
- Beat up the eggs
- Mash up the bananas using a fork
- Soften up the butter in the microwave
- Add the eggs, bananas, and butter to the bread pan
- Add all the other ingredients. Placing liquid ingredients into the pan before solid ingredients is key. You should also make sure you remove the bread pan from the machine before you add the ingredients. This will avoid any spillage inside the machine. Ensure the bread maker is unplugged when you remove the pan
- When you have replaced the bread pan with all the ingredients inside, plug in your bread machine
- You’re looking for sweet and quick bread settings with a pale color. You need to consult the user manual of your bread maker here, too. If you get these settings wrong, your banana bread could easily be undercooked or overcooked. Settings vary by brand
- After the first mixing cycle, add either chopped walnuts or some chocolate chips if you’re using this optional extra. They need to go in before the second and final mixing cycle
- Your bread should now have finished baking. Unplug the machine
- Remove the bread with great care – it will be extremely hot – and pop it onto a wooden cutting board
- If you want to test whether or not your banana bread is properly. Cooked, you can use a toothpick or wooden skewer to do so – more on that in our handy hints below
- When your bread pan is removed from the bread maker, let your banana bread stay inside the warm pan on the cutting board for 10 minutes. This allows the baking process to finish
- After this initial cooling period, remove the banana bread from the bread pan. Make sure you use some oven mitts. Place your bread onto a wire cooling rack. This can take as long as 2 hours. Failing to wait long enough means your bread is likely to crumble and break when cut
- Remember to remove the mixing paddle if you see this is stuck in the bread. Again, use oven mitts to avoid scorching your fingers
In closing, some simple tips to help you get the very best results out of making banana bread in your new bread maker.
III. Handy Hints for Getting the Most Out of Baking Banana Bread
If you’re curious about the toothpick testing method, this is super-simple. Use either a toothpick or a thin wooden skewer. If this comes out clean, your bread is done. If, on the other hand, you notice any batter stuck to the skewer, your bread would benefit from an extra 10 minutes in the machine.
With quick bread, the batter doesn’t call for any kneading. It also responds best when it’s very minimally mixed. Given these conditions, you may need to tweak the mixing setting on your bread machine. If your bread machine has no setting for quick bread, use a dough setting where mixing is limited to between 3 and 5 minutes for the tastiest banana bread.
Once you get your settings dialed in, write them down so you can rinse and repeat for lip-smacking banana bread on demand.
We hope today’s brief guide has shown you how to make banana bread in a bread machine like a pro, even if you’re a first-timer.
Whether you buy fresh bananas or you’re looking to use up some ripe fruit you would otherwise have wasted, little beats the scent of a fresh loaf of banana bread wafting through the kitchen. The great news is, it tastes even better than it smells.
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