Banana Walnut Bread

Banana Walnut is the king of all quick breads, and this version is particularly regal.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1⁄4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with pan spray, and line the bottom and short sides with a strip of parchment.
  • In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Add bananas and egg, and beat until creamy. Stir in sour cream and vanilla. Sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt; slowly stir into batter. Fold in walnuts.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pan, and smooth the top. Bake 30 minutes Reduce oven temperature to 325°F and bake 30 minutes longer, or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Tent with foil if loaf browns too quickly.
  • Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Continue cooling on a rack.