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Banana Yeast Bread


Banana Yeast Bread

Banana Yeast Bread

Photo © Elizabeth Yetter

We are all accustomed to the delicious banana quick breads that we find in the markets, but did you know that you can also add mashed banana to yeast breads? Just like adding apple sauce to yeast doughs, mashed banana gives the finished bread a delicious, sweet flavor and makes the crumb moist.

Yield: 1 pound round loaf.

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 55 minutes


  • 1/2 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups bread flour, about


  1. In medium bowl, mix milk and yeast. Add banana, egg, butter, honey, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir. Add 1 cup of flour and mix well. Slowly add in remaining flour, enough flour to make a dough that follows the spoon around the bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead for 4 minutes, adding more flour as needed until the dough is soft and smooth to the touch. Place dough in medium greased bowl. Turn dough over in bowl so that the top is also lightly greased. Cover with clean cloth and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

  2. Punch down dough. Turn dough out onto lightly floured board and knead for 4 minutes or until the bubbles are out of the bread. Shape dough into small round loaf. Place on greased baking sheet or small pizza pan. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

  3. Bake loaf at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Remove loaf from sheet and let cool on rack.

Bread Baking Tips:

  1. You can use any type of milk in this recipe: whole milk, skim, low fat, etc. Milk can also be replaced with water and nonfat dry milk.

  2. Milk can be replaced with soy milk.

  3. You can omit the egg in this recipe and replace it with 1/4 cup water.

  4. Egg substitute can be used in place of the egg.

  5. Mashed banana can be frozen for later use.

  6. To prevent the honey from sticking to your measuring spoon, coat the spoon in a tiny amount of cooking oil.
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