Banana bread is a type of bread made from mashed bananas.
It is often a moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread; however, there are some banana bread recipes that are traditional-style raised breads.
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Banana Bread History
The modern banana bread recipe began being published in cookbooks around the 1930s and its popularity was greatly helped by the introduction of baking powder on the market.
Some food historians believe banana bread was a byproduct of the Great Depression as resourceful housewives did not wish to throw away overripe bananas (as they were still a costly item to purchase), others believe the modern banana bread was developed in corporate kitchens to promote flour and baking soda products.
Bananas appeared in the US in the 1870s and it took a while for them to appear as ingredient items for desserts.
Banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s.
It appeared in Pillsbury’s 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook and later gained more acceptance with the release of the original Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book in 1950.
Banana Bread Ingredients
Banana Bread has the basic ingredients of flour, salt, baking soda, eggs, vanilla, etc. but there is the additional ingredient of ripe bananas.
Additional ingredients may include walnuts, chocolate chips, honey, sour cream, peanut butter, zucchini, pumpkin, cranberries, and more.
Banana Bread Tips
- Use overly ripe bananas
- The preferred nut is the bitter walnut that the sweetness of the bread
- Brown sugar rounds out the overall flavor over white granulated sugar
- DO NOT overbeat your banana bread batter as the more you beat the more air pockets will develop and as it bakes the bread will toughen.
- A few minutes before your oven timer goes off, insert a bamboo skewer or a toothpick to test banana bread for doneness in three places: the left side, center, and the right side. (I remember when I was a kid pulling a straw off the broom to test the bread when my mom was baking her recipe.)
- While the banana bread is still warm, wrap in plastic wrap to keep it from drying out overnight.
Banana Bread Recipes
Below are the Banana Bread Recipes we have published to date.
As new banana bread recipes are published, we will update the list below.
Banana Bread With Sour Cream
Banana Sour Cream Loaf from Vintage Recipe Box 034.
Other Banana Bread Recipes
Banana Peanut Bread from Vintage Recipe Box 034.