Makes 1 (9-inch) loaf • Active Time 15 min
Total Time = 2 1/4 hr (includes cooling)


2/3 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
(substitutions include sour milk and yogurt)
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising; sift before measuring)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
3 very ripe medium bananas
3 oz walnuts, chopped (1 cup)


• Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan and line bottom of pan with wax paper or parchment, then grease paper.
• Mix together milk and lemon juice and let stand until milk curdles, about 1 minute.
• Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.
• Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until combined, then beat in bananas until combined. (Mixture will look curdled.)
• Add flour mixture to banana mixture alternately with milk, mixing at low speed just until batter is smooth. Stir in walnuts. Pour into loaf pan and bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center of bread comes out clean, about 1 hour.
• Cool bread in pan on a rack 20 minutes, then invert bread onto rack. Remove paper and turn bread right side up on rack to cool completely.

***This recipe has been slightly tweaked from the original posting***