Banana bread is a type of sweet bread which uses mashed bananas as the main ingredient. It is usually baked in a rectangular pan, and does not use yeast as a leavening agent, but rather baking soda. It also doesn’t use dough, but thick batter (that doesn’t require kneading)
History of Banana Bread
Banana bread became known and featured in American cookbooks when baking soda became popular in the 1930s. A second wave of popularity was enjoyed in the 1960s, because of the simplicity of the recipe and the “home baking” trend of those years.
The cookbooks later featured several recipe variations, including nuts and fruits. Today it is most famous in Australian cafes, where it is usually served at breakfast
The popularity it gained in Australian led to banana bread becoming a real icon of Australian culture, together with Vegemite yeast extract. New recipes were also developed, that coupled bananas with walnuts and chocolate.
Banana Bread Recipe
- 3 mashed, yellow bananas
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 2/3 to 1 cup sugar
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- A pinch of salt
- 1.5 cups of flour
Preheat your oven to 350 F (175 Celsius). Put the bananas and butter in a large mixing bowl and mix them. Then add the egg, sugar and vanilla. Then mix in the salt and baking soda. Finally, add the flour and mix.
The mixture should be poured into a buttered loaf pan (4×8 inches), then baked for about 1 hour.
After cooking, let it cool down, remove from the pan, slice and serve!
How to make Banana Bread
Alternatively, you can also use the recipe and instructions found in this video, even if the ingredients are a bit harder to find..it makes for a delicious banana bread!