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“Dr. Hogewood’s Banana Bread”

February 11, 2018 | By Jeremy Scheck | 30 Comments

This is the best classic banana bread you’ll ever try, and it can be made entirely with a bowl and a good whisk. I’ve tried a lot of banana bread recipes over the years, some including sour cream, brown sugar, and even brown butter; but these are superfluities as long as you have a few ripe bananas.

This recipe, known as “Dr. Hogewood’s Banana Bread” among my friends, gets its name from my friend Rebecca’s dad who is a favorite teacher at our school and makes this quick-bread. Even though it’s not really Dr. Hogewood’s recipe, (it comes from Simply Recipes) calling this treat his makes it all the more special. I add warm spices to keep it fresh.

"Dr. Hogewood's Banana Bread"


  • 2 or 3 ripe bananas (I always use 3)
  • 5 and 1/2 tablespoons (75g) melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 - 1 cup sugar (100-200g) (I usually use right around 3/4 cup but I adjust according to the ripeness of my bananas)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cup (200g) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cloves (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork or a potato masher.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients in the order in which they are listed, whisking briefly between each addition.
  4. Pour into a greased 8"x4" loaf pan, bake 50-60 minutes (erring on the side of less) until golden-brown and cooked through.
  5. Immediately turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely until slicing with a bread knife and enjoying.

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  1. favorite banana bread recipe! super easy to make gluten free by using gf all purpose or a combination of oat and almond flour :))

  2. literally so good! just tried it today and will definitely be making it again , everything abt it is perfect! i tried it with plantains cuz i love making banana bread with them and it worked perfectly

  3. I’ve made this recipe twice, first as directed and it tasted fantastic! I wanted to find a healthier alternative so the second time I subbed the white flour for whole wheat, subbed the butter for coconut oil, added less sugar and added some chocolate chips and it was still just as good 🙂

  4. So delicious! I made this but as big muffins (6 per tray) and they were fantastic. I cooked them for ~30 minutes and they were perfect. Great recipe!

  5. Delicious classic banana bread. Fool-proof with no frills and very easy to make. I did 1/2 cup of sugar and added lots of chocolate chips! Delicious.

  6. This is so good!
    Also thank you for also putting grams on here !!!
    Me as a european doesn’t have cups so this is super helpful:))

  7. this banana bread is delicious! i used a bigger pan because it was all i had and it still worked wonderfully. most + yummy caramelized edges.

  8. Trust me make this!! I am terrible at baking and whenever I make something that isn’t from a box I fail. However this came out so good and my family keeps requesting for me to make it again! I just made it for the second time this weekend I definitely recommend amazing recipe!!

  9. Hi. It’s possible to have a vegan version of the recipe? If I put olive oil instead of butter…or another vegetable oil. How the quantity of the other ingredients is going to be affected if I change the butter with something else? Devo adattare la ricetta?

  10. Just made This recipe this morning… AMAZING!

    100% the best banana bread i have ever had.

    Thanks for the great recipes !

  11. Best banana bread recipe! I love how simple the ingredients are and the flavor is amazing! I will be trying more of your recipes


  12. This is seriously the best banana bread recipe ever. It’s so easy and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. Also, I loved the sweet crust that formed on the top!

  13. As per everyone’s comments – super easy, super yummy! Into my oven and mouth pretty quick lol.

    Used the 3/4 cup sugar with 3 very ripe bananas. It was the perfect balance! Added 1/2 cup chopped pecans for some added texture and taste.

  14. Best banana bread ever!! the recipe is very easy and it tastes delicious. I also added a banana cut in half on top and it was amazing. I’m definitely making this again!!

  15. Best banana bread ever! It has an amazing texture and it tastes so good! Plus the recipe is super easy to follow. I just added 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.

  16. I tried this recipe and I’m glad to say that it’s one of the best out there! Thank you for taking the time and sharing this amazing recipe with us! 🙂

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