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The Creamy Ingredient Martha Stewart Uses To Level Up Banana Bread

Television personality Martha Stewart has her own way of elevating banana bread, and it involves using an ingredient you may not have previously considered: sour cream.

A blend of fat and acid, sour cream contains at least 18% milkfat, which adds an extra-rich taste and makes banana bread tender and velvety.

The acid in sour cream works to tenderize the gluten strands, resulting in a softer, more tender crumb. It also stops the bread from being overly sweet and adds a tangy taste.

Stewart adds just half a cup of sour cream to the batter. She also adds chopped pecans, walnuts, or a bonus layer of extra sliced fruit to spruce up banana bread.