Cast iron skillet banana bread is such a fun way to make banana bread! The cast iron skillet gives the banana bread a nice flavor and it cooks evenly. I know sometimes banana breads can take forever to cook through the middle and can come out too moist in some spots. The cast iron skillet really does make a difference and makes for one moist but very evenly cooked banana bread.
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Using a cast iron skillet for banana bread
I used a 10″ cast iron skillet for this recipe but you could probably make a 12″ one work as well. I have been using my cast iron skillet more. My sister always uses her cast iron skillet and keeps reminding me that it’s a great way to get a little extra iron. According to MSU, a small amount of iron does get absorbed into the food. I always think it’s a cool way to add extra nutrients to your cooking.
Using a cast iron skillet for banana bread will cause your banana bread to bake completely evenly. I know that sometimes when I bake banana bread in a regular loaf pan, depending on the recipe it can come out a little mushy, especially in the middle. This is definitely not the case when you use your cast iron skillet.
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What ingredients does this recipe call for?
To make this cast iron skillet banana bread, you will need:
- Vegetable or safflower oil
- White sugar
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
Why does this banana bread recipe call for baking soda and baking powder?
I have been on a mission to make all the banana bread recipes out there and this is one of my new favorites. I think part of the reason why this recipe is so good is because it uses both baking soda and baking powder. I think using both baking soda and baking powder gives this banana bread a very nice texture. You can add chocolate chips if you want more of a dessert type banana bread. It is also fantastic as is!
How do I clean my cast iron skillet after I make this recipe?
I find that when I use my cast iron skillet to make breads there is very little residue if I grease my skillet well. If you do have some sticking, scrub it gently with a scrub brush under warm water. Be sure to NOT use any soap when you do this. You can then oil and re-season your cast iron skillet. You’ll want to avoid letting your cast iron soak as it can cause it to rust. I try to clean my cast iron skillets right away, if possible that I avoid this issue altogether.
Cast Iron Skillet Banana Bread
- Cast iron skillet
- 3 ripe bananas mashed
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable or safflower oil
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp milk
- Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
- Begin by mashing your ripe bananas with a fork and set them aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients.
- Next, add in the bananas and eggs.
- Add the oil, vanilla and milk and then mix well with a hand mixer for about three minutes.
- Pour into a well greased cast iron skillet.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
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