There’s sure is nothing that says home like the odor of fresh-baked bread. Except for, possibly, when the baker takes it up a notch and the bread in the oven is banana bread.
The leavening agent in banana bread is usually baking soda instead of yeast. What’s more unlike regular bread, banana bread is baked from batter rather than dough. And evidently, it includes bananas that’s normally mashed and set into the batter.
A enormous family favorite, this has been around for years! The truth is it came into popularity in the 1930’s, and ever since then numerous varieties have appeared in cookbooks. Banana bread is relatively easy to make, and therefore popular among home bakers. Moreover it can often be found in the display cases of bakeries and coffee shops.
It is not only tasty but also flexible. Usually a great on-the-go breakfast item, either at home or grabbed at the coffee shop where the busy professional stops for his or her daily dose of java. Additionally it can be packaged in a lunchbox that makes it a great ending to the day meal, but is just as likely to be a warm after-school snack waiting when children hop off the bus. What’s more it can also serve as a last-minute dessert option when guests turn up unexpectedly and you end up whipping up a fast meal. If whipped together before dinner and popped into the oven it creates a wonderful accompaniment to a relaxing cup of tea while watching evening television.
This homey cure is so versatile as it’s sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. There’s an adequate amount of a dessert-like texture and taste in order for it to function as a sweet meal-ender. However, its dessert like qualities are milder than overpowering, and banana bread can be just as satisfying accompanying a meal or as a standalone quick breakfast with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.
It is usually baked in loaf-shaped pans and can be cut into thin pieces or bigger wedges for serving. There are plenty of variations on banana bread out there. Of which, some banana bread recipes are passed down by a number of families from generation to generation, and each will announce theirs the best. Perhaps the most common varieties are banana nut breads, which are created from standard banana bread recipes but also include walnuts or pecans.
The truth is there are many other kinds of fruit or even vegetable-based breads. While these are also often-enjoyed treats, banana bread still seems to take the front in terms of popularity