, Hi there, Malinda! If you, too, are into great food and interesting reads, you will enjoy reading my posts! Mind you I just showeled snow, so I don't feel too guilty. They harvested and milled wheat from the field and then mixed, scaled, shaped and baked a loaf in exactly eight minutes, 13 seconds. Watch the bread carefully: when a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, it is done. Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Our current Banana Bread recipe online tones down our ’90s version (smaller size, fewer nuts); but also ramps it up by using a higher percentage of banana, and brown sugar, honey, and jam for enhanced moistness and flavor. Yes, you can have your lower-sugar banana bread — and enjoy it, too! The bananas we enjoy today are far better than the original wild fruit which contained many large, hard seeds and not much tasty pulp. By the mid-’60s, America was transitioning from Pat Boone to the Beatles. At the time, families utilized every scrap of food, including overripe bananas. -The average American consumes 28 pounds of bananas each year. This took place in America, where pearlash was discovered. If you crave a little crunch, add in walnuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts or pecans. Three decades of banana bread: That's the 1930 recipe (Better Homes and Gardens) at the top; 1946 recipe (Joy of Cooking) in the center, and 1956 (Betty Crocker) at the bottom. - but did they have bananas? Sign up to receive news right to your inbox every day, Banana Bread Isn’t Bread. King Arthur Baking Company, Inc. All rights reserved. It's not whole wheat bread, or baguettes or no-knead bread or even anything with yeast in it. 2 mashed ripe bananas The banana is actually classified as a berry. Ship captains had difficulty solving the puzzle of how to successfully transport a fruit that ripened (and rotted) so quickly. Banana bread is very good for your heart and bananas take all the credit for this. In 1997, Kansas wheat farmers produced enough wheat to make 36.5 billion loaves of bread, or enough to provide each person on earth with 6 loaves of bread. One way to get more nutritional goodness out of the bread is to swap your conventional bleached flour for whole-wheat flour to increase your whole-grain and fiber intake. Surprisingly, Silver Palate's Banana Bread doesn't reflect the dash and excitement of most of its other recipes. My other top choice is the Banana Bread recipe currently on our site (and pictured at the top of this post). This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. Bananas are eaten deep fried, baked in their skin in a split bamboo, or steamed in glutinous rice wrapped in a banana leaf. This is a must for chocolate lovers. Banana bread recipes down the decades have in common bananas, sweetener, a chemical leavener, some fat, and flour. These rooms are air-tight and filled with ethylene gas to induce ripening. A thief in Mumbai was forced to eat 48 bananas so that the gold chain he had swallowed when he was arrested would leave his body. Easy, yes. There is a Banana Club Museum in California, filled with 17,000 different banana items. The recipe was made with banana flour, which is made by drying strips of the fruit, then grinding it to a powder. Reflecting the financial hardships encountered by many families, the loaf is lower in fat and sugar than most current recipes, as well as smaller — but its banana flavor is quite pronounced, unlike that of some of its successors. I am sure you all know that overripe bananas are the best to use in your banana bread recipes but did you know that banana bread is not a bread at all? Lebanese food is bursting with fresh ingredients, delicious mezze appetizers, rich tastes, […]. Before that, housewives used pearlash. Thus the desire to use overripe bananas, paired with the ready availability of baking powder, inspired a horde of enterprising cookbook writers to come up with recipes for banana "quick bread" (as opposed to yeast bread). The first breads probably originate from Neolithic times, some 12,000 years ago. 20 Interesting Banana Facts Okay, in this article of banana facts, we are going to walk you through some of the most amazing information about bananas. Prep Time: 15 minutes Thank you PJ for this article, very interesting that you put it in context during previous eras. Sometimes I add chocolate chips or add maple sugar on top. -Banana peels are actually great for polishing leather shoes. The banana plant is called a ‘banana tree’ in popular use, but it’s technically regarded as a herbaceous plant (or ‘herb’), not a tree, because the stem does not contain true woody tissue. Similar to the KAF one but denser, in a good way. Not really. My mom's joke was banana bread was a way to spend $5 on ingredients to save 20 cents of bananas. Superstition says it is bad luck to turn a loaf of bread upside down or cut an unbaked loaf. This little cookbook would have been handy during the Great Depression which was just around the corner. In Hawaii during World War I, a surplus of bananas resulted from very few ships available to export the fruit. The health benefits of banana include helping with weight loss, reducing obesity, curing intestinal disorders, relieving constipation, and curing conditions like dysentery, anemia, tuberculosis, arthritis, gout, kidney and urinary disorders. A little bit of well-drained canned crushed pineapple would also be fun! By definition, banana bread is a quick bread because it contains no yeast but does contain baking powder. But the advent of refrigeration at the turn of the 20th century soon made bananas accessible to American households nationwide, where they quickly became a breakfast staple. Let's call the past 17 years or so the Decade of the Diet.