Banana bread

Author: @HMartin@Moku_O_Keawe Serves: 8 Time: 1h 30′

Difficulty: moderate

Disclaimer:my feline overlords expressed displeasure with my inattention by knocking my cell phone into the pool, rendering the photos of these recipes inaccessable” This photo has been taken from internet. Credits to the owner.

Ingredients

  • 1  c. granulated sugar
  • 1  stick unsalted butter
  • 2  lg. eggs
  • 3  very ripe large bananas
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1  tsp cinnamon
  • 2  c. all-purpose flour
  • 1  ts baking powder
  • 1  tsp baking soda
  • 1  tsp salt
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 lg metal or aluminum foil bread pan, or 4 mini aluminum bread pans. Can also use 2 muffin pans

Procedure

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.  Butter a 9x5x3 loaf pan (or smaller pans)

3.  In a large bown, cream together sugar & butter until light & fluffy.
4.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after adding each one

5.  In a small bowl, mash bananas

6.  Mix in vanilla & cinnamon

7.  In another separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients & nuts

8.  In this separate bowl, add banana mixture to creamed mixture & stir well

9.  Add dry ingredients, mixing until flour disappears

10. Pour batter into pan(s) & bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes

11. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes

12. Remove from pan(s), put on a rac, let completely cool

Story of the recipe

One of the many plants that grow in our yard. Use those bananas that are overripe because no one’s eating them!

I was born, raised, & have lived in Hawaii my whole life. The recipes I’m submitting reflects a wide array of influences: American cuisine, in addition to the multi-cultural impact that immigrants to Hawaii from Polynesia, Asia & Europe.

My mother was born (in Hawaii) during the Great Depression & WWII, so the recipes from her were from a time of austerity: food shortages, martial law, threat of attack. Nothing was wasted or thrown away. Everyone had a garden (necessary for survival), plus a few chickens for meat & eggs, a wild pig (caught as a baby) being raised on scraps for meat, bacon. People also went to the beach & fished, & gathered seaweed, mollusks, etc. Heavy military presence, only meat commercially available was canned: spam, corned beef, tuna, vienna sausage, deviled ham.

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