I'm pretty sure that this recipe is exactly
like my Mawmaw used to make because I didn't have any chopped walnuts on hand (it still tastes good). And because I was working from memory and haven't made an attempt at making banana bread her way since she passed away, which was in 1998.
But November and December are always filled with thoughts of my maternal grandma because for my family, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about family and food. And because November and December are generally the coldest months in Louisiana, which means we do a LOT of baking, and not just for the holidays
Since I was in a particularly nostalgic mood this morning and had some over ripe bananas, I decided it was a perfect day to make an attempt at her banana bread.
I'm not sure all of my measurements are 100% exact because she often didn't measure, but here's the recipe I came up with:
1/2 to 1 cup of sugar (my grandma typically used 1/2 because she was diabetic but you can use up to 1 cup if you want it sweeter)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
3 large over ripe bananas (if you have smaller bananas, use 4)
1 pinch salt (which I've learned is roughly 1/16 of a tsp)
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp Watkins*
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350F and spray or butter a 9" x 4.5" or similar sized loaf pan.
Peel your bananas and, using a fork, mash them up in your mixing bow until they're relatively smooth.
Stir in the butter, egg, baking soda, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar.
Add the nuts and flour then gently mix until the batter is a light brown but don't stir too much or it will make your bread turn out harder (my aunt typically has this issue).
Pour into loaf pan and allow to bake for one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan then turn out onto a wire rack (or a plate if you don't have a wire rack).
It will keep for about a week in the fridge when wrapped in plastic wrap, if it lasts that long *
My mawmaw would only use Watkins brand real vanilla extract and refused to buy any other brand but you can use whatever brand you have on hand