Banana Bread

Banana bread is a treat that will either overwhelm or underwhelm. But, why shouldn’t banana bread be simply delicious? It can be! With soigné ingredients. 

At Home Soigné is elegantly maintaining life’s simple luxuries. Like banana bread! 

What makes the below recipe so special is the at home butter, and the at home vanilla extract used in the process of creating. Butter is an ingredient every at home chef should make – at least once. Though making butter is time consuming, making something like butter offers a sense of fulfillment. It provides the at home chef control of flavors and taste, it also makes the at home chef fiscally chic if you really break down your costs. 

Making any baking extracts is so easy to do, too. It’s almost tragic if the at home chef doesn’t have their own inventory on hand. I simply have vanilla beans floating in Armagnac. That’s it! 

The best bananas to use for banana bread are the bananas that are over ripe and browning. I added almonds to my bread for an extra crunch. Of course, they can be substituted or omitted. The recipe below yields one loaf. For an easy clean up, simply mix everything in one bowl! 


  • 2 or 3 over ripe bananas
  • 1/3 C butter at room temperature 
  • 1tsp Baking soda 
  • 1 1/2 C flour 
  • 1 C almonds
  • 1tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 egg 
  • Salt to taste 

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter a 4×8-inch loaf pan.

2 In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir room temperature butter into the mashed bananas.

3 Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the beaten egg and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.

4 Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 20 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

5 Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. Remove the banana bread from the pan. Slice and serve. (A bread knife helps to make slices that aren’t crumbly.)