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The batter for this easy-to-make banana bread is enriched with sour cream, which gives it a subtle tang and super moist texture. In order to avoid this quick bread becoming tough and chewy, don't overmix the batter.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2004
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To make the cream cheese frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together 6 ounces cream cheese, 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract until smooth. Frost top of cooled bread.

To make the cream cheese frosting-filled banana bread as featured on "The Martha Stewart Show," once the loaf is baked and cooled, halve horizontally. Using an offset spatula, spread frosting evenly over bottom half. Top with remaining half; slice and serve.

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  • cptcrunchberry
    12 SEP, 2021
    I just made this banana bread this morning in my new Lodge cast iron loaf pan, it turned out perfect, and came out of the loaf pan easily. I did add 1tsp pumpkin spice mix (cinnamon, ginger, clove) and a tsp of Cardamom. It is so tasty, I will make this again definitely.
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  • missanoa9603545
    24 JUL, 2021
    This is one of most delicious recipes that I have tried ! Just the right sweetness and super moist ! I love to make them into muffins ! Cuts the baking time and family loves them !
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  • danchakmartin
    8 DEC, 2020
    I've been making this recipe for years. I've tried so many others - some too heavy and dense others too crumbly and dry. As Goldilocks said this one was just right. After many bakes I usually add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and my secret 1/2 tsp ground cardamom. Most of the time I add a 1/2 cup of raisins. Don't even comment yuck to raisins my family likes them - to each their own.
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  • tanwar185
    14 NOV, 2020
    I’ve made this recipe numerous times and it’s always delicious. The only changes I make are using greek yogurt instead of sour cream and adding cinnamon. Add-ins I’ve tried are walnuts, blueberries and craisins. Always get compliments and requests for the recipe.
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  • tanwar185
    14 NOV, 2020
    I’ve made this recipe numerous times and it’s always delicious. The only changes I make are using greek yogurt instead of sour cream and adding cinnamon. Add-ins I’ve tried are walnuts, blueberries and craisins. Always get compliments and requests for the recipe.
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  • ALR8588759DW
    31 AUG, 2020
    It drives me crazy how many Leave poor reviews just because it is a Martha Stewart recipe. Give me a break, people! That said, this is THE best banana bread recipe out there. I have made if for years, often for bed and breakfast guests, and am always told that it is the best banana bread they have ever eaten. My only addition is to sprinkle the top with raw sugar about 15 minutes into baking. Raw sugar is pretty heavy and if you put it straight on the batter it tends to sink down into the middle. I often make this in 3 small loaf pans or 6 minis. Great every time!
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  • jfrazer35
    13 NOV, 2019
    I added cinnamon and nutmeg but otherwise stayed true to the recipe and it is a beautiful moist banana bread. Kids love it!
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  • MS11920463
    6 NOV, 2019
    This my go to recipe for Banana Bread, used as an afterschool snack for the grandkids in lieu of commercial bakery goods. I add chocolate chips and it is as moist and delicious as an expensive bakery.
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  • cjkwings3
    20 SEP, 2019
    Not as moist as I like it, but it was still good
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  • ALR7863432DW
    26 JUL, 2019
    I love this recipe. I made them for people for Christmas instead of nasty fruit cakes some with nuts, some with chocolate and crasins and some just like the recipe. I always get compliments. Thanks Martha.
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