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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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  • wrmaine
    21 DEC, 2017
    LOVE IT! I've been making my mother's recipe for years and it has been in our family for generations. I have always thought it was dry and missing something. I found other recipes that had anything from oil to cinnamon, raisens to squash - yuck! But then I found this one! I have fallen in love with this recipe and so did my MOM!!! I guess it took me to break the cycle... Thank you Martha!
  • sussexandiknowit64
    27 NOV, 2017
    This is a 5 star recipe..... for some reason, I can only rate it one star. I have made this many times and it’s always a hit. While it's outstanding as is, I often substitute a tablespoon of Wild Turkey Bourbon in place of the vanilla. Delish either way!!!
  • bigman2621
    24 OCT, 2017
    I made this banana bread on Sunday. This was my first time making it and OMG it was so easy and very moist. I can't stop eating it. Thank you Martha Stewart.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 :-)
  • 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!
  • 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!!!
  • Pegadams8586893
    11 JUN, 2017
    this banana bread was very moist. Love all your recipes martha.
  • 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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