“The best recipes come tried and true from friends who begged them from others friends…” says Elise of Simply Recipes. So true.
When I set out to find a recipe to save the sad-looking bananas on my kitchen table, I spotted Elise’s post about Mrs. Hockmeyer’s banana bread recipe. And I knew it was what I was looking for.
For one, it was tested and approved by many. That’s the beauty of the food blogosphere.
Secondly, the ingredient list didn’t include brown sugar. The combination of brown sugar and ripe bananas is too rich for my taste. It somehow tastes sweeter than a banana cake made with white sugar. And there are many advantages to a not-too-sweet cake. The biggest one is, you can spread Nutella on top!
As much as you like!
Think of this recipe as the cake version of this banana and chocolate toast. Hope you’ll like it, too.
MRS. HOCKMEYER’S BANANA BREAD RECIPE
Adapted from Simply Recipes.
- 1/2 cup (1 stick/115 g) butter, melted and cooled
- 3 large (17.5 ounce/500 g) ripe bananas
- 1 cup (200 g) sugar
- 1/2 cup (50 g) desiccated coconut
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons (10 g) vanilla extract
- 1+3/4 cups (235 g) flour
- 1,5 teaspoons (6 g) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon (2 g) fine sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 F/180 C.
- Butter and flour an 8-inch loaf pan and set aside.
- Place the peeled bananas, sugar, desiccated coconut and eggs in a mixing bowl and puree with the help of a immersion blender. Add the melted butter and puree until well blended.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt on top and mix with a spatula until combined.
- Pour into the loaf pan, smooth the top with a spatula and bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Cool on a rack, remove from the pan and serve with Nutella!
Thank you Mrs. Hockmeyer!!!I have a number of frozen “dead” bananas in the freezer just waiting to make their debut. I love a nice moist banana bread. I like nuts but the better addition is chocolate!!!
Banana bread with Nutella sounds like a killer combination to me, Cenk! 🙂
Fabulous! This sounds wonderful!
Okay whenever I drop by, I see a tempting recipe. This I have to say, you are one talented man thats really great at cooking, baking and whatever can be done in kitchen 🙂
I love this one. Too bad I got rid of my dead bananas yesterday. May they rest in peace. Amen.
Cenk bana çikolata deme zaten neyle olursa olsun yerim:)
Selin – That’s very nice of you. Thank you!
It doesn’t take much for me to be tempted by banana bread. I just love any variations. I have never tried it with nutella though. Will be a new ‘to do ‘item.
Oh, that is temptation.love banana bread, banana cake..BTW, i am trying this post with different email address just in case posting works.
I love banana bread and I LOVE Nutella! I agree…they are a stellar combination 🙂 Thanks for the heads up on the recipe!
Beautiful photos today! I enjoy your writing style, too. I am probably one of few who have never tried Nutella.
I choose your blog for the “Blog Day” because its very nice and I hope coming visiting Istanbul some time this year !
But my blog is french, sorry… still I hope you’ll like being chosen for this day 😉
Hi JEP – Thank you for your comment. And per your Nutella comment, I have to say, you’re missing a lot.
Marion – Thank you! I am not aware of the Blog Day, but thank you very much for choosing me 🙂
Valentina – I extracted these two comments of yours from the spam folder. So they are still going there 🙁 But I have found a solution! I am doing a “find” for valentina and quickly spot the comments 😉
Banana bread and Nutella rock!! I only like walnuts in mine, same for brownies, but I am a walnut freak! Gorgeous pics again!
Oh, Cenk,this is great.Thank you so much for helping out with this spam issue.
I like putting choc chips in my banana bread, but spreading it with nutella sounds even better!
Jessica "Su Good Eats"
Wow, great pics! I’ll be coming back here again.
Oh, my ! Haha, as I was looking at this, the television said “Shall I give you a moment to wipe the drool off your chin?” (-Quiznos commercial). Why yes, YES YOU SHALL !
The pictures just make me wanna bust my ‘diet’… 😉
Tartelette – Thank you!
Valentina – I am glad the issue is solved as well.
Brilynn – Choc chips! Great idea!
Jessica – Great to hear you liked my blog!
Cassandra – That is sweet. Thank you.
YC – I know how hard it is to read food blogs while on a diet… Good luck 😉
Very interesting! I’ve been making Mrs. Hockmeyerâ€™s banana bread for a year and a half now. I’m eating a piece as I write this post. Ymmmmm.
BUT … I was amused to read the reasons why you like it. Evidently you and I have totally different taste buds. I don’t like hazelnuts, and so spreading Nutella on banana bread would not be my cup of tea.
I *am* crazy about pecans, though.
So I always make Mrs. Hockmeyerâ€™s Banana Bread using 3/4 cup brown sugar, and crushed pecans! (On the occasions I serve it as a cake, I just bake it in a shallow pyrex dish — for more surface area — and top it with a butter-vanilla frosting.)
In my opinion, 3 bananas work best, by the way; 4 makes it imbalanced.
Oh, just as I was finishing this post, my husband just shouted down the hall: “That’s good banana bread, honey!”
i baked banana bread/cake last night, trying out 2 new recipes. this one and another one that calls for molasses. This one is simpler yet a lot tastier.
I finished past midnight so I’m having my first slice now for breakfast (in the office). Yummy, yummy, Thanks!
Pity I didn’t get to read about the nutella until now, i just came back from the middle east where they are a lot cheaper, and brought home 2 jars!!! I’ll surely have banana bread and nutella for dessert tonight, that is if there is still any banana bread left when i get home 🙂
Hi there! Looks yummy! I just posted about Classic Banana Layer Cake at dishingup.wordpress.com. Check it out if you can!
Check out all these crazy varitions–
Bet you’ll find something you’ve never seen before!
Funny, I made this recipe when I saw it on Smitten Kitchen and while we were eating it I said to my husband “this would be really good with nutella” – unfortunately we didn’t have any on hand and it was late at night. Although we drove around (that’s how much I was craving it) we couldn’t find anywhere that was open and stocked nutella!
I LOVE this recipe, I too was looking for an easy peasy banana bread and found this one in my search it has become a hands down keeper in my family. I however add pecans to mine because I like my fruit bread with nuts and nutella well what better topping will have to give that one a try.
Cenk bey, erittigimiz tereyagini ne zaman koyacagiz? Ben deneyimlerime dayanarak islak karisimin arkasindan unu eklemeden once koyup karistirdim. Kek harika oldu. Bu kadar kolay bir tarifin enfes bir tadinin olmasida cabasi. Bu cok siklikla yapilacak bizim mutfagimizda…
İlknur – Haklısınız, atlamışım. Düzelttim – doğru, ıslak karışıma undan önce ekliyoruz. Afiyet olsun.
I love the way you slather Nutella on a slice, nice and thick! I’ve made this bread countless times, it’s my go-to banana bread. I once made it for a picnic at my weekend house and served it with a scoop of ice cream on top of each slice, all my friends were sighing with content. They had no idea how easy it was to do it.
What is the correct measurement for baking soda in “Mrs. Hockmeyer’s Banana Bread” recipe. The recipe reads 1,5 teaspoon (6g) baking powder. Is that correct? Your site is the best! Looking to hear from you soon. Thank you!
Sara Roberts – thanks! It is right there in the recipe (half a teaspoon). Yes, baking powder is also correct.
Though I am sure this recipe is a lovely rendition, it is NOT Mrs. Hockmeyer’s recipe. Her recipe, which I have been baking exclusively since I discovered it many years ago, is simple perfection. Of the 9 ingredients in the original recipe, you have changed 6 of them and added 2 additional ones. As such, it is misleading to include her name in your recipe title. While you do credit it as being adapted from Simply Recipes, it would be better retitled as (Cenk,’s/Jenk’s/Fernando’s) Banana Bread, as adapted from Simply Recipes Banana Bread of Mrs. Hockmeyer.