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Recipe photo courtesy of Joanna Garcia

The batter for this easy-to-make banana bread is enriched with sour cream, which gives it a subtle tang and super moist texture.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2004
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To make the cream cheese frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together 6 ounces cream cheese, 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract until smooth. Frost top of cooled bread.

To make the cream cheese frosting-filled banana bread as featured on "The Martha Stewart Show," once the loaf is baked and cooled, halve horizontally. Using an offset spatula, spread frosting evenly over bottom half. Top with remaining half; slice and serve.

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  • traveltopix
    6 SEP, 2017
    I've made lots of banana bread over the years but my regular recipe called for shortening and I didn't have any. Also only had two bananas. Cast around the internet for recipes and came upon this. I didn't have any regular sour cream but did have some Mexican crema, so I used that, along with some leftover pecans. Also added raisins. Batter was so fluffy I was skeptical, but OMG! I served it as a dessert cake and it was devoured. Definitely a keeper. Every other banana bread I have made was dense; this was light and fluffy.
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  • MS11631788
    27 AUG, 2017
    Amazing recipe. I've tried them all. Moist delicious and many many compliments on this one. I've used plain greek yogurt in place of sour cream and that works excellent as well. Frozen bananas make the job super easy.
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  • aeboi80
    25 AUG, 2017
    This is simply amazing banana bread! I can't believe the star rating on this. It is so moist and the whole house smells of banana bread. I highly recommend this one :-)
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  • helwolfe
    22 JUL, 2017
    Been using this recipe for over 20 years, and it is the best, most moist banana bread you'll ever taste. Thanks, Martha!
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  • konniesalas
    18 JUN, 2017
    This was truly delicious. Its soft and yummy. I added 1/4 cup of brown sugar and a tsp. Of nutmeg also I topped it with brown sugar, cinnamon and sugar lightly. Made them into single serve in a cupcake pan cooked at 350 for 25 minutes I would have loved her icing but I was out of cream cheese! You all have to try it. It should rate better than it is I give it a five star!!!
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  • Pegadams8586893
    11 JUN, 2017
    this banana bread was very moist. Love all your recipes martha.
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  • mlstadther3790449
    22 MAY, 2017
    I can't find a print button for your recipes. Iis there a way to print them?
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  • leecolleenp@hotmail.com
    20 MAY, 2017
    Thanks, Martha, for another great recipe. I enjoy the emails & tv shows so much. To s/writergmail....whether you are trying to be humorous or just plain rude, I didn't appreciate your comments & criticism. Grow up.
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  • phyllis.prtassoc
    19 MAY, 2017
    I made this Banana bread a while ago and it was the best Banana bread I've ever had. Very rich and moist with lots of banana flavor. This recipe calls for 1 cup of mashed banana which is great. Many recipes call for 1 or 2 bananas, but bananas are different sizes. I like the exact measurement. And the sour cream along with the butter puts it over the top. I just made it again today with chocolate chips. I didn't need to coat them with flour as the batter is quite thick so they did not sink. I made 3X the recipe in my 6 quart mixer for a bake sale, and it came out great!
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  • casscarr2002
    15 MAY, 2017
    trying this with peanut butter chips tomorrow, I'll give the "toss the chips in flour first" to keep them from sinking :)
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