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What is Banana Bread?

The bread is normally shaped to fit a rectangular loaf tin and the standard recipe takes around an hour at 350 degrees. It can be made in a breadmaker, making it very convenient. The basic banana bread ingredients are:

  • three mashed
  • ripe bananas
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • butter or shortening
  • yogurt or buttermilk
  • sugar
  • egg.

Vegan bread: egg can be replaced with soy yogurt or tofu.

Vietnamese Banana Bread

The Vietnamese have their own version of banana bread, called Banh Chuoi, which means banana cake. In addition to bananas, egg and butter, the ingredients call for sugar, white bread, coconut milk, condensed milk and vanilla extract.

There are various versions of the bread, using different spices and flavorings to blend with the banana taste.

Caribbean Banana Bread

The recipe for Caribbean Banana Bread adds raisins, pecan halves, and grated nutmeg. Banana Nut Bread uses chopped walnuts and Moist Banana Bread contains an extra banana and melted butter or margarine. For people watching the calories, it’s possible to make a low-fat version with non-fat milk.

Other variations on the basic recipe for banana bread include :

  • sour cream and vanilla
  • chocolate chips with maraschino cherries nuts
  • peanut butter
  • oat bran and applesauce.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Main ingredients :

  • whole wheat flour
  • walnuts
  • slightly overripe bananas.

Everyone has their own ideas on the perfect way to eat banana bread. Some people like to slice it and pop it in a toaster, whilst others like to cook a French Toast version with maple syrup and cinnamon.

Emily

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