Orange Zest Banana Bread

Orange Zest Banana Bread

This recipe for basic banana bread includes chopped pecans or walnuts, your choice. Choose orange zest or vanilla to add a bit of extra flavor.
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  • Serves: 12 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Grease and flour a 5x9x3-inch loaf pan. Heat the oven to 325 F. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. Step 3

    In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter or margarine with sugar for about 2 to 3 minutes, until fluffy.
  4. Step 4

    Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well blended.
  5. Step 5

    Stir in flour mixture, alternating with mashed bananas.
  6. Step 6

    Fold in pecans and orange zest or vanilla. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  7. Step 7

    Bake the banana bread for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until golden brown and a wooden toothpick, when inserted in center, comes out clean.
  8. Step 8

    Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then carefully turn the bread out onto a rack to cool completely.
  9. Step 9

    Make this banana bread a day ahead of time for best flavor.