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The Best Banana Bread

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




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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How would you rate this recipe?
  • sanannc5
    27 NOV, 2018
    Have made this before, I made 2 loaves today, best banana bread recipe I've ever used.
  • kasiay134712966
    3 OCT, 2018
    • hasapien
      14 NOV, 2018
      I have made the loaf a few times with great results. I had one very ripe banana (about 1/2 cup mashed) so I made half a recipe, and made muffins. I got 11 small and wonderful ones. They cooked in 20 munutes. Try it.
    • kasiay134712966
      3 OCT, 2018
      It was in the oven for to Long
  • ALR12144549DW
    11 OCT, 2018
    Easy and Great
  • michelleturney1
    29 SEP, 2018
    My husband’s favorite...and he’s picky. I’m always looking up different recipes to use whatever I have in the house. So, sometimes my banana bread will have buttermilk and sometimes lemon juice, etc. My husband asked me to make this specific recipe this fall. He referred to it as “that one you made which tasted light.” Mmmm...Okayyyy. Anyway, it his birthday week (also referred to as the twelve days of Jim’s birthday) and he’s asleep. There’s one in the oven right now as a surprise when he wakes up. Thank you, Martha!🤗
  • kat1beach
    16 SEP, 2018
    This is my favorite but I only bake it for an hour.
  • MS10394828
    15 SEP, 2018
    We love this. I have made it for years! I use the smaller Bread pans 7 3/8 x 3 5/8 x 2 1/4. Bake 40 minutes. I do not put nuts in batter but sprinkle across top. I have poured half batter in pans, chocolate chips (mini) and rest of batter. Yum! Always perfect bread. Never dry.
    • MS10394828
      15 SEP, 2018
      Forgot to mention. These freeze beautiful. Just thaw and serve! I double the recipe always. Some 2.5 times.
  • smullins035
    29 AUG, 2018
    I agree that the hour and 10 minutes is a bit long. Regardless -- I make this every time my bananas are on the verge. The best.
  • martinagaspar
    29 AUG, 2018
    I have searched high and low for a good BB recipe and this is it, the bread is just sweet enough just moist enough so so yummy can freeze it and defrost in the microwave and its just as good, I make it all the time. I would suggest an hour int the oven is plenty.
  • Sallybakes
    8 JUL, 2013
    Okay, so I am giving up for now. I have made 3 batches of banana bread in the last few days and not one of them has risen. The first two I used my usual recipe that I have used for 20 years. Both fell flat, (&!!!*&*^%??!!?), so I tried this recipe because MS's recipes always work for me…until now. I am wondering if the absence of baking powder is the culprit…I am sure I haven't overmixed it…anyone else experienced this???
    • codymurp
      5 AUG, 2018
      Maybe just stop baking? 😝
    • MS10736405
      1 JUL, 2018
      There is no baking powder in the list of ingredients!
    • pmuniz3
      20 AUG, 2017
      Baking powder is a MUST.
  • autumndtps942193
    11 JUL, 2018
    This is my go to Banana Bread recipe! Turns out amazing every single time.

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