My Nutty Bananas

Banana bread has always been a delicious way to take those old bananas and turn them into something edible so all that hard earned money doesn’t go down the drain. That’s all fine and good, but banana bread is highly underrated. We are talking about good banana breads here. Not only the kinds that are edible but kinds that shine when they are at the table and dance in your mouth. Where did it all get lost in translation that banana bread is a way to get rid of old bananas? A good banana bread makes the flavor of banana something incredible. It had to start somewhere though. We can only guess that it begun in hard times. Let us take a look. 

First we must say that bananas have been around for a very long time. Bananas have always been hanging off their trees. Bananas were discovered in India. The Greeks themselves knew about them in the 4th century BC where the army of Alexander the Great discovered them in India. There were banana fritters for Napoleon in his last days, but bananas were still very rare in those days, because they were so very hard to export because transport was so slow and bananas can definitely rot if brought to that point. In the 1830s, bananas were seen in certain New York market places, in 1870, Cook brought bananas into the Boston harbor, but it wasn’t until the invention of refrigeration that people really started buying bananas. Then all sorts of things like banana boats and banana dishes were brought about to support the new found love of the commercial banana. It was 1880, whenrecipes really started showing up in cookbooks. Lots ofeasy cooking videos are available in your finger tip. 

To make a moist and rich tasting banana bread the secret is buttermilk. Combining ripe bananas and buttermilk create a loaf of bread that is as good as dessert. With some milk enjoy this for breakfast or serve it as a dessert coated with cream cheese frosting. This banana nut bread with buttermilk recipe is moist and crunchy, sweet and buttery. It has a scrumptious crumb and its moist interior is quite unforgettable. With coffee or tea this also goes so perfectly well. 

Ingredients
4 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed
2 large eggs, well beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1. Mix butter and sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add bananas, eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
2. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.
3. Add this to the banana mixture. Then slowly add buttermilk. Mix thoroughly to get an even paste. Then fold in the chopped nuts.
4. Pour batter into greased baking tray. Bake it for about 60-90 minutes in a preheated oven at 275 degree F. It’s done and ready to be served.

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