Banana Nut Bread
As I thought about writing this post, I wondered what the point was of publishing yet another recipe for banana bread. There are recipes for it everywhere in books, online and in our memories. Many of them, like mine, were handed down from someone in the family, in my case, my grandmother. It was a good recipe that I made many times before it morphed into my recipe. I’m torn to have to say this, but I think now it is better than the original (sorry grandma). But anyway you slice it, it’s still just banana bread. However, when it comes to the topic of banana bread, I have something I need to get off my chest. It’s just my opinion, and many are going to disagree with me, but I don’t use overripe bananas, and I don’t think you should either.
Before you start throwing rocks let me try to explain. My grandmother, like everyone else’s, used overripe bananas. In her case they were beyond overripe; they were so completely black that they took the term rotten to new heights. I can still picture them sitting on her counter (blech!). Still, in doing research for this post, I came across recipe after recipe emphasizing the importance of overripe bananas. I believe that this notion must go back to the depression when banana bread became popular in America. It was these depression era bakers that didn’t want anything to go to waste. Using “overly ripe” bananas in banana bread was a way to utilize them after eating them was out of the question. I spent a lot of time trying to find some evidence that would back up this theory of mine without any luck. Likewise, I was unable to find a single good reason why they must be overripe. Most of the reasons I did find were feeble at best. “They are easier to mash”, said some (as if ripe ones were difficult). Many remind us that they are sweeter (as if one cup of sugar and three bananas wasn’t sweet enough). For many it was simply because “that’s how my grandmother always made it”. All are good reasons, but insufficient in my mind. So for lack of any evidence to support my position, I am just going to present my case.