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Secret Ingredient Banana Bread

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About 10 years ago, a colleague shared a banana bread secret with me. Do you have a guess?

It’s a little thing called sour cream.


Banana bread always makes me think of my dad, who used to bake it often. It also makes me think of my twin brother, Matt, who hated bananas, but loved dad’s recipe. There’s a famous family story about Matt pretending to drop one of his bananas on the floor. My mother promptly made him eat it anyway. Ahhh those were the days!

I’m not entirely sure where this recipe came from, but it’s been my go-to for as long as I’ve had it. In fact, it was declared the best banana bread ever in the Banana Bread Bake-Off a few years back. I’ve tweaked it over the years, adding some cinnamon, swapping in some whole wheat flour, and, of course, using about 6 of the ripest, sweetest bananas I…

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