I wrote out a bunch of tips in one of the old NT thread for how I get mine to turn out (when it turns out it's sooooo good. Personally, I'd prefer a more banana-y taste, but my dh loves it and doesn't really like regular banana bread, so I leave the recipe as is. If I was just making it for myself though, I'd add a couple more bananas). I had a couple problems at first, but managed to get the knack for it . . . I'll search for the post for you.