tonight's banana bread is special. my grandmother received the "Antoinette Pope School" (Macmillan)cookbook after she was married. she had a 1952 edition and gave it to me a few years ago when she stopped cooking. flipping through it today, i found a handwritten "Triple Recipe Chop Suey" note in the book. how fun!
this smelled amazing when i was making it. the dough was so fluffy i really couldn't wait to bake it. my bananas were not ripe enough yet (but i was eager to make this) so i think that's the one downfall in how it came out. otherwise, i highly recommend this if you want a traditional banana bread. click on the picture of the recipe above and you should be able to read it. if you want a really moist and vibrant banana bread, check out the recipe in my cookbook. that has to be the best banana bread i've ever had.
i did a few things to this recipe that were new tricks. if you are in a pinch, try these:
1) buttermilk substitute = put 1 tsp lemon juice in a 1/3 cup measuring cup. pour enough milk to get to the top and let sit 5 mins. (use 1 tbsp for 1 cup).
2) salted butter substitute = substitue unsalted butter and add 1/4 tsp salt per 1 stick of butter to your flour mixture. sift the flour mixture with other dry ingredients before using.
3) for a moist bread = the recipe calls for putting another pan on top of the the one you are using for a moist bread. i've never heard that before, but tried it and the bread is super moist!
4) who needs nuts when you can add chocolate chips!
i see we are on day eight and I am doing all that i can to keep from putting on weight. to be honest i have put on about 1.5 lbs since the start of this and that is with a normal work-out regiment. the food is just too good and i am loving it all. i will just need to work out harder because i am so happy with what she makes. i knew i found a keeper!!!!! anyway for this evening's treat i was a little surprised as it was not as strong of a banana flavor as i would have expected. it was good as it was not dry, but the strongest flavor to it was the chocolate chips. i am not sure if i would recommend removing the chocolate, but i think i would prefer more banana. the cake itself was moist and tasty and i hope it has more banana taste the next day!