There is certain is nothing that says home like the smell 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 generally baking soda rather than yeast. What’s more unlike regular bread, banana bread is baked from batter rather than dough. And evidently, it has bananas that’s normally mashed and set into the batter.
A enormous family favorite, this has been around for several years! In fact it came into popularity in the 1930’s, and since then a number of varieties have appeared in cookbooks. Banana bread is relatively simple to make, and therefore popular among home bakers.
It is not only tasty but also versatile. Usually a great on-the-go breakfast item, either at home or caught at the coffee shop where the active professional stops for his or her daily dose of java. Also it can be packaged in a lunchbox that makes it a great ending to the afternoon meal, but is just as likely to be a warm after-school snack waiting when kids hop off the bus. What is 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 makes a fantastic accompaniment to a relaxing cup of tea while watching evening television.
This homey treat 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 serve as a sweet meal-ender.
It’s generally baked in loaf-shaped pans and can be cut into thin pieces or larger wedges for serving. There are plenty of variations on banana bread on the market. Of which, some banana bread recipes are passed down by numerous 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.
In fact there are quite a few other types of fruit or even vegetable-based breads. While these are also often-enjoyed snacks, banana bread still appears to take the front in terms of popularity.