Uncle Bill’s Sour Cream Banana Bread

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Even though the corners of the loaf are a little dark, the entire loaf was so moist!

My Uncle Bill is famous with family and friends for his wit AND his banana bread. The banana bread is moist and the banana flavor sings. We visited my Aunt Mary Lou and Uncle Bill this summer and were thoroughly spoiled. After taking a 4 mile walk with my cousins where we caught up on family news and picked out our dream homes – we had breakfast each morning on the back patio overlooking the Herring River and the Nantucket Sound. There is usually fresh fruit, fruit compote, yogurt, Irish bread, banana bread, and coffee or tea. There is always kindness, love and family time.

Uncle Bill
Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary Lou

My Uncle Bill uses long bread pans that are a little longer than the typical pan and a tad narrower. I had never seen any like these in the store. Uncle Bill said he got them in the 50’s or 60’s when cleaning out my grandfather’s attic and who knows how long they had been up there! I have to admit I was a little stressed that my version would not come out as good as Uncle Bill’s because of not having that special pan. Lo’ and behold, we went to visit Aunt Mary Lou while she was volunteering at the church charity shop and we found a pan like the one Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary Lou use. Score!

My newly acquired loaf pan is in the front. Notice how it is longer and narrower than my regular loaf pan.

You will want to use the ripest bananas you can find. My cousins bring their dad ripe bananas. We purposefully buy extra bananas to make sure we will have some that get ripe. Sometimes it is a challenge since everyone in our house loves bananas!

This is about as ripe as we get them before we need to bring some banana bread somewhere. You can let them get even riper than this.

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Uncle Bill's Sour Cream Banana Bread
This banana bread is very moist and is sweet. We tried cutting back the sugar in the recipe, but it just did not turn out as well. So back to the original recipe! Because this bread is so moist, it keeps and freezes well.
Cook Time 50 minutes
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts not in Uncle Bill's recipe, but we add them because we like nuts.
Cook Time 50 minutes
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts not in Uncle Bill's recipe, but we add them because we like nuts.
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cream the butter, sugar and eggs
  2. Add the mashed bananas and vanilla extract.
  3. sift: flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. (Alternate method is to whisk together the dry ingredients.)
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients alternately with the sour cream. Mix until just combined. Take care to not over mix the batter or it will lead to a tough bread.
  5. Place batter in a greased loaf pan.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and cool on rack before slicing.
Recipe Notes

If you can find one of these long loaf pans, try it out. You get more slices per loaf.

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