I know, I know, we’ve all got a banana bread recipe, and who REALLY needs another one? That was pretty much my attitude when I came across this recipe from Cooks Illustrated. I’m all for trying endless versions of macaroni and cheese, but banana bread? I was content with my plain old tried and true version. But then Cooks Illustrated did what they do…they promised they had the best banana bread recipe on the planet, and they said it involved microwaving the bananas to get some banana juice going (banana juice?) and then they went and called the recipe ULTIMATE Banana Bread, and I was a goner.
Because I always do have bananas lying around. For this recipe, you want the really ripe and squishy ones, not well-behaved yellow ones like these three. I just figured the world could live without a picture of brown squishy bananas.
Anyway, you DO get to microwave bananas for this, and they DO make a kind of juice when you do that, and it DOES make an amazing banana bread. Amazing. Maybe even Ultimate. And who could resist that? Not me!
Ultimate Banana Bread, adapted ever so slightly from Cooks Illustrated