Thursday, August 6, 2009

banana bread

I love banana bread. I have been making the "gram's banana bread" recipe for years - a recipe I think my mom got out of the New Orleans paper years ago (but I am not sure). I will freeze the bananas when they get really ripe if I don't have time to make the bread right away. One thing I have learned - freeze them after you peel them. Getting a frozen peel off of a frozen banana is really hard.

My modifications:
  • I always double the amount of banana,
  • use regular milk instead of buttermilk,
  • occasionally add something extra like nuts (walnuts below) or chocolate chips,
  • instead of 1 tsp baking spice, I use 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp allspice, and
  • I usually bake it for 1 hour and 15 min or more (until it gets really dark on top).

I actually made this for my fiance about two weeks after we met. I left it for him to eat while I was in New York City visiting my sister. Looks like it worked some magic!

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