I use a recipe from Food Network for banana bread, no modifications. I bake it in a glass pan which has a nonstick coating on it (I think it's an Anchor Hocking pan). Every time I make it, by the time the regular baking time is up (1 hour at 325F), the top of the bread is still gooey and runny. A toothpick comes out with batter stuck to it. I bake it for an additional 15-30 minutes in order to get the top done properly. At that point, the bottom quarter of the loaf is getting burnt.

What can I do to ensure the loaf bakes evenly? Most of what I've seen online has been to prevent the top from burning, which is the opposite of my problem. Is it as simple as doing the opposite of what the solution is to that problem? That is, moving the oven rack up one level? My oven rack is set to the middle of the oven, and I am not sure how accurate the temperature setting is.

  • It sounds like you have not checked your oven temperature with a thermometer? That would be a good first step.
    – moscafj
    Jan 21, 2019 at 23:38
  • Glass heats slowly. That's why most of my bakeware is metal. Jan 21, 2019 at 23:51
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    My recipe's call for an hour at 350F, double check your recipe. Investing in an oven thermometer would be worthwhile. If the oven isn't heating properly, Banana Bread won't be the only thing that doesn't come out "right".
    – elbrant
    Jan 22, 2019 at 2:12
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    Possible duplicate of Which baking dish is best to bake a banana bread?
    – Luciano
    Jan 29, 2019 at 10:11

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The usual remedy for something both burned and undercooked is lower heat, longer cooking time - it lets the temperature equalize a bit more, so it cooks more evenly. You might try 300F for your usual 1:20 cooking time, and see if it doesn't burn and/or needs more time.

Alternatively, since the overcooking is directional (from the bottom) you can move the rack up, so its closer to the top, or else put something underneath to partially block the heat - like having a sheet a rack below your bread, to hopefully provide a baffle to radiant heat and let the indirect heat spread a bit more evenly.

I would also recommend, as moscajf suggested, checking your oven temperature, and/or checking other recipes in the glass pan to see if there's similar issues, in case one of them is the culprit.


Please use the oven thermometer if you are not sure of the oven temperature. Without that you cannot go for a solution. Seems like temperature is more than what is specified. Cake bakes from outside to inside, so here outsides are getting baked much faster than inside.

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