Currant and Walnut Banana Bread

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Adapted from How to Cook Everything.


8 Tablespoons butter, softened, plus a bit extra for the pan
1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
1/2 Cup whole wheat flour
1 Teaspoon salt
1 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
3/4 Cups sugar
2 eggs
3 very ripe bananas, all mashed up
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 Cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/3 Cup shredded coconuts
1/3 Cup currants (all of these last three ingredients can be easily substituted with any dried fruit or nuts)


1) Get all the dry ingredients mixed up (flours, salt, baking powder, sugar).

2) Mush up the bananas.

3) Get the other dry ingredients ready (coconut, currants, and walnuts).

4) In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together using a hand mixer, food processor, or even a whisk.

5) After a few minutes, the butter/sugar mixture should be nice and light. Then beat in one egg at a time and all the banana mush.

6) Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and combine them well.

7) Stir in the goodies.

8) Pour this batter into a standard 9 X 5 inch loaf pan that has been coated with butter and lightly floured.

9) Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees. A toothpick inserted in the very center should come out pretty clean.

10) Once it’s done baking, cool for about 5 minutes, then remove it from the pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack. It needs to at least cool for 30 minutes. Slice it up!