Optional – If you want to make bread machine banana nut bread, you can add 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts to this recipe after the first bread machine mixing cycle and before the second mixing (final mixing). I like to add the chopped walnuts after the first mixing and before the final (second) mixing in order to minimize any mixing “breakage” of the chopped walnuts.
Don’t be fooled by setting names like Quick, Rapid or Express (as these settings are often used for very rapid baking and are not used for quick breads). They will leave your banana bread undercooked. For example, on my Sunbeam, the Quick Bread setting lasts for 1:40 hours versus the Express setting which lasts for 58 minutes. However, be aware that setting names can vary by bread machine manufacturer. Therefore, you must check your bread machine’s instructions/manual for the exact setting used for QUICK BREADS (recipes that use baking soda/powder) on your bread machine.
Please be aware that you MUST scrape down the sides of the bread pan when the machine beeps for add-ins. At this point in the recipe, you will add the chopped nuts, but you may also find dough that isn’t well mixed stuck to the sides and bottom of the pan. Just use a rubber spatula and clean off the unmixed dough as you would in a mixing bowl. Be sure to use rubber or silicone…you don’t want to scratch the pan of your bread machine!
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I feel bad for low-rating this recipe, because I did change it...I doubled the filling as others suggested, and used 1tsp of bread machine yeast as that was the conversion for instant yeast vs. active dry yeast. I'm not sure where I went wrong, but my dough didn't rise and I basically ended up with 2 cinnamon roll logs. They didn't taste terrible, but it would've been nice if they had some more air in them.
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Enter the bread machine settings (Quick Bread, Light Color, 2 lb) and press the start button. FYI – Before making this recipe, please READ the tips section below for more information regarding the Quick Bread setting. This setting can be a little confusing on some bread machines. If you do not use the correct settings, you will have trouble with bread machine recipes (i.e. potentially under or overcooked).
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Some basic bread machine models only have a limited number of settings. These models may not have a quick bread setting which is designed for recipes that use faster rising baking soda/powder versus slow rising yeast. If your bread machine lacks a quick bread setting then the banana bread might burn (as the other settings generally have longer baking cycles). They are geared towards yeast breads (i.e. sandwich breads) that don’t rise as quickly as baking soda/powder breads (i.e. banana bread).
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For long-term storage, you should freeze the banana bread. It should be completely wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and then placed in a resealable plastic bag. Place the wrapped banana bread in the freezer and it should last for several months. FYI – Some people prefer to slice the banana bread first (and then wrap each slice) before freezing because it is easier to thaw out the desired number of slices versus dealing with an entire frozen banana bread loaf.
Ok, this bread turned out so yummy…. however, my machine doesn’t work like most I guess. It’s a very basic West Bend one and has very few options. So I followed the recipe (except I didn’t have the walnuts so it got double chocolate chips!) and it ran through the rapid cycle which took 3 hrs on my machine. But it was still dough inside. So I baked it for another 25 mins at 400. I’ve decided that I’m still going to use this recipe for baking the bread though. It was so good.
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I have been throwing all my ripened bananas in the freezer now for well over 2 years. When I need to use banana, I just go to the freezer and pull out what I need. They thaw ridiculously fast and I think the texture of a frozen banana is so much easier to work with than a ripened banana that has not been frozen. I wish I would have known about this ten years ago. I have no idea how many bananas I have tossed in the garbage.
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Select Sweet and Light settings on your machine and add raisins as per your manufacturer’s instructions. They can be added in with everything else. Start your bread machine. After the first kneading cycle is over, the bread should be smooth and stretchy. It should feel dry when you touch it. If necessary, add flour by the tablespoon to adjust the bread.