Baking With Breandan (Ep. 2): Banana Bread

Breandan Gibbons

Breandan Gibbons, The Rubicon TV: Executive Producer

Executive Producer Breandan Gibbons goes into the Banana Bread arena and creates a classic Banana Bread based on that found in Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything.

Here is Bittman’s recipe:


8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, plus some for greasing the pan

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¾ cup sugar

2 eggs

3 very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork until smooth

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

½ cup grated dried unsweetened coconut


Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan.

Mix together the dry ingredients. With a hand mixer, a whisk, or in the food processor, cream the butter and beat in the eggs and bananas. Stir this mixture into the dry ingredients; stir just enough to combine (it’s okay if there are lumps). Gently stir in the vanilla, nuts, and coconut.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until nicely browned. A toothpick inserted into the center of the bread will come out fairly clean when it is done, but because of the bananas this bread will remain moister than most. Do not overcook. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.

For more information on the recipe go to the New York Times.