Banana Bread

Today is National Banana Bread Day.  Banana Bread Day is one of those made-up holidays that I have way too much fun with.  I especially like to learn the history of the dish or recipe, it’s really fascinating how things develop.

Banana Bread got it’s start during WWI when there were few ships to export the fruit from Hawaii.  People were looking for different ways to use bananas so that the fruit wouldn’t go to waste.  As they say, necessity is the mother of invention!  One of the first recorded recipes was printed in The Maui News on April 12, 1918.

2/3 banana
1/3 flour
Yeast, coconut milk or water

My favorite recipe isn’t nearly that old, I’ve had since about 2002.  It was hand written on a sheet of paper that ended up stained and torn from being pulled out so often.  I finally had to retype it before it disappeared completely.   While typing I realized that it’s one that you might really like too.  Rachel, who was working for us 15 years ago, gave me this recipe.  I plan to share more of her wonderful recipes in the future.  Quark, as I’ve said before, is fabulous for developing a moist, tender crumb in quick breads.

Banana Bread

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Quark
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Gather your ingredients.  I know that you know that already.  You are smart.  I am telling you this because I wasn’t being very smart and was already getting started when I realized that I only had 1/3 cup of flour.  So here are the ingredients.Banana Bread Ingredients

Mash up the bananas.  It takes about four small bananas to get 1 1/2 cups.

Mashing bananas

Whisk together the dry ingredients.

Whisking dry ingredients for banana bread

Beat the sugar and oil for a few minutes, then add the eggs, Quark, and vanilla and mix until well blended.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients all at once and mix just until all the flour is just incorporated but don’t over-mix.  Fold in the walnuts if desired.

Mixing Banana Bread Batter

Scoop the batter into a loaf pan or mini loaf pan.  This batter makes one normal size loaf, or 8 mini loaves.

Banana Bread Batter

Bake at 350  for 50 to 60 minutes for a full-size loaf or 25 to 30 minutes for mini loaves.

Banana Bread Loaves Cooling

Aren’t these cute?

Banana Bread Loaves

Serve warm!  Here’s a printable version

Banana Bread

I made mini loaves to give away as gifts.  Like I said: CUTE!

Mini Banana Bread Loaf

3 Replies to “Banana Bread”

  1. SUPER CUTE indeed, Ruth! Well done. Thanks for sharing the (yummy) recipe along with a bit of history. I am like you, I love learning where things first come from and how they develop through history, I think it gives a lot more consistency to everything we do and try in life, and we feel like we kind of participate to developing further these things too. I also enjoyed the (new?) tone of your post, with a bit of humor and lightness. Looking forward to your next post already!

      1. It is well deserved, Ruth. Your posts reflect how wonderful and honest a person you are, and I do appreciate THAT ! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

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