Sourdough Banana Bread
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Sourdough Banana Bread is a delicious way to use your “unfed” sourdough starter. I have tried a lot of banana bread recipes through the years, and this is one of the best, in my opinion. It has a crisp sweet crust and is moist on the inside. It will keep for several days without drying out. And it’s perfect for sharing!
Ingredients Needed to Make Sourdough Banana Bread
- butter, softened
- granulated sugar
- large egg
- vanilla extract
- Princess Flavoring
- mashed bananas
- sourdough starter (unfed/discard)
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- baking soda
- chopped pecans or English walnuts
A Lesson on Sourdough
What is “unfed” sourdough starter?
Lets start at the beginning. A sourdough starter is a fermented dough that has natural yeast in it that feeds bread dough and makes it rise. You use it in place of yeast.
I keep my sourdough starter in a little crock with a lid and refrigerate it until ready to use. I will bake bread with it once or twice a week. “Unfed” starter is what some people call the “discard”. It has been sitting in the fridge unused and has not been fed.
To feed the starter, I will add a cup of flour and 1/2 cup warm water to it. This “feeds” it and after a few hours makes it rise and bubble. At that point, it’s ready to use. However, if you don’t “discard” some of the dough before you feed it, there won’t be enough room in the crock for the dough to rise or grow. Because it will grow a lot! Ask me how I know!
So, rather than “discard” the “unfed” starter, you can use it in what I call quick bread recipes, such as biscuits, muffins, pancakes, or recipes like this banana bread. Recipes that don’t require yeast, but need some type of leaven such as baking powder. The “unfed” starter is used for imparting its flavor, rather than its leavening power.
Does that make sense? Okay, enough from the school of sourdough. Let’s move on to our recipe instructions.
Instructions for Making This Recipe
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Prepare your ingredients. Mash the bananas in a small bowl. Using a nut chopper, chop the pecans or English walnut. Set both aside until ready to use.
In a large mixing bowl bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar.
Add the large egg, vanilla extract, and Princess Flavoring. (This is what I call my Secret Ingredient. Trust me, you’ll want to purchase some of this emulsion to have on hand when you need it.) Mix until well blended. Stir in bananas and unfed sourdough discard.
In a small bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir into batter until just blended. Fold in chopped nuts.
Spoon into small loaf pans that have been greased with cooking spray. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until bread is set in center. Cool on wire racks.
This recipe will make four small loaves. I like to give this bread to friends and family. Plus, This it freezes well. Just wrap the loaves in aluminum foil and place in a quart-sized freezer bags. Freeze up to 3 months.
Sourdough Banana Bread
- 1/2 cup butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Princess Flavoring SECRET INGREDIENT
- 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas about 3 medium
- 1 cup sourdough starter Recipe HERE.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup pecans or English walnuts chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Prepare your ingredients. Mash bananas in a small bowl. Using a nut chopper, chop the pecans or English walnuts. Set both aside until ready to use.
- In a large mixing bowl bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar. Add egg, vanilla extract, and Princess Flavoring. Mix until well blended.
- Stir in bananas and sourdough.
- In a small bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir into batter until just blended. Fold in chopped nuts.
- Spoon into small loaf pans that have been greased with cooking spray. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until bread is set in center.
- Cool on wire racks. Makes four small loaves. Freezes well.
Secret Ingredient. Use it and you'll see why. I love it!
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