Everytime I make banana bread, I have to chuckle.
It was Easter Sunday and we all were gathering at my mother's house near Johnstown, Pa. I decided I would bring the banana bread, but as is my usual style, I ran out of time to prepare the treat in advance, so I decided instead to make the bread at mom's house.
All was going well, the bread was baked and on the table moments before dinner was about to be served. When suddenly the door jarred opened and my beagle Maggie (who had made the three-hour trip with us from Ohio to Pennsylvania) barged in and, without missing a beat, lunged onto the table, taking the freshly baked bread with her.
Banana bread is a great way to use up older bananas and is a favorite of the whole family.
It's funny now, but ohhh, it wasn't so funny then!
(My son said the scenario and many others like it remind him of the family dog movie "Marley and Me.")
This is the same beagle that helped herself twice to my mother's freshly made nutroll on Christmas day.
The only saving grace for Maggie was that the banana bread was so easy to make: mash, mix and bake!
One thing to remember when making banana bread is the mushier the bananas, the better! You never want to bake banana bread using green or even yellow bananas. Rather, utilize the bananas that have been hanging around for a week or so, with skins that are at least half-dark.
And if you have some brown bananas in the kitchen, but you aren't ready to make any bread yet, another little tip is to freeze them. I've read that some cooks prefer to mash the bananas before freezing them in a zipped plastic bag, but I prefer to freeze my bananas in their skins. Simply place the whole bananas in a zipped plastic bag and freeze them solid.
When it's time to bake your bread, thaw the bananas at room temperature and use soon after thawing. Granted, the skin will be very dark, and the bananas will be even mushier, but it will mix well, bake fine and taste great.
Nuts are optional for your banana bread, and for me, they are a must.
I'm guessing Maggie prefers nuts too, given that it took less than 30 seconds for her to lick the plate clean.