Sometimes I buy a huge bunch of bananas knowing that some of them will turn brown before they are all eaten. It gives me an excuse to make my banana bread! Now it is hard to come by a good banana bread recipe… so many turn out dry and flavorless. It is like I bought a dozen bananas for no reason at all. But alas, I have perfected the recipe. The key is plenty of bananas… overripe, dark brown bananas. This guarantees a moist bread with plenty of banana flavor.
I have included orange zest to give it a little extra something, but this is totally optional as are the nuts. I know that for the longest time I avoided nuts in my banana bread like the plague. I just hated biting down into a piece of tender banana bread to be shocked by a hard, crunchy walnut. Since then I have grown to appreciate the nutty flavor and texture in the sweet banana bread. In the end, it is the baker’s choice on whether to include the nuts.