December 2nd 2020 ・ 5 min reading
Banana bread recipes are usually flexible, however, there IS a secret number of how many bananas you’ll need for the perfect banana bread...
Oftentimes, baking can be an exact science which can feel a little daunting – especially for novice bakers. However, the great thing about banana bread and most banana bread recipes is that when it comes to the bananas – things can be more flexible in terms of what sort of bananas to use (and even how many). Although there IS a secret number of how many bananas you’ll need for the PERFECT banana bread – but you’ll have to read on to find out!
Many people think that ‘the riper the better’ for baking banana bread. But the truth is, you can really use any banana – as long as it’s not super green. If your bananas are brown (or even black), remember you can peel and freeze them to use later in any banana bread recipe. Riper bananas tend to be sweeter – so many recipes call for “overripe” bananas – but it’s not really necessary.
If your bananas aren’t as ripe as you’d like them to be for your banana bread recipe, you can always put your less ripe (more green) bananas in a low oven (300° F) for 20 minutes to soften them up a bit.
The best way to store your Chiquita bananas is in a fruit bowl or on a hanging hook at room temperature. Never put a green banana in the fridge, as it won’t ripen, and its skin will turn black. If you want to prevent your bananas from going brown too quickly, you can buy a little time by covering the crown (where the bananas join together) in tin foil.
So you made it to the most important part of this page! Chiquita’s biggest secret for the perfect banana bread is…. drum roll….. our very own “Chiquita Best Banana Bread” recipe. This classic banana bread recipe has THE perfect number of bananas you need for a perfect banana bread every time.
For this classic banana bread recipe, FIVE is the ‘magic number’ of standard-sized bananas you’ll need. The recipe requires four very ripe bananas for the batter and one fully ripe banana for the topping. For the four very ripe bananas, the browner the skin the better. For the fully ripe banana, a fruit with a bright yellow skin or a few ‘sugar spots’ is perfect. You will also need:
5 tbsp sunflower oil
1½ cups wheat flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
So now you know the secret number of bananas to make (Chiquita’s) best banana bread! And not to mention, some handy tips on how to freeze brown bananas and ripen green bananas if need be. Now go forth and pick up a bunch or two of Chiquita bananas and get baking. We’ve got you!
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