Paula Deen’s Banana Bread

I have a theory about cookbooks. If a person who is not famous writes a cookbook and then goes on to become famous and writes multiple cookbooks, the first one will always be the best. Think about it. You’re writing a cookbook and you have no idea if you’ll ever get to write another one. Wouldn’t you put all your absolutely killer recipes in that book? Of course, you would.

I have multiple Paula Deen cookbooks, but the best one hands down is the one she wrote while she was running her restaurant in Savannah. I don’t think she’d even been on TV yet. So she hit it with her best shot and loaded that cookbook up. And one of the recipes I almost know from heart now is her banana bread. So simple. So tasty. You don’t even need a mixer. Just a bowl, a fork and some very ripe bananas.

This is especially tasty when you bake it after 9 o’clock at night and, making sure no one can see you, eat about three slices slathered in butter right after the bread comes out of the oven. I don’t know how I know this, but I believe it to be true.

Paula Deen’s Banana Bread

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 ripe bananas, mashed

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar; mix well. Add the salt, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda, baking powder and bananas. Mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes.


  1. wanda
    July 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I could not have said it better. I love Paula Deen Recipes.

  2. Trace Kateley
    Trace KateleyReply
    November 8, 2014 at 8:25 am

    What a great recipe. I’m not much of a baker, even I couldn’t mess up this recipie. Thanks to Paula…

  3. Teddi
    May 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Paula Seen recipes are all excellent. They’re my first place to go to find a recipe!

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