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Friday, December 16, 2005

Boalsburg Banana Bread



A couple of weeks ago, I discovered four extremely ripe bananas lying around.

I should like bananas. But I don't. When I was seven, I got scarlet fever, and one of the medications I was given was a sickly-sweet banana flavor. I couldn't even go near a banana till I was in my late teens!

I will eat a banana now and again, because I know I should. Matt, on the other hand, doesn't eat fruit, other than the odd apple.

But, Alex loves them, so we buy a bunch each week. For some reason, this bunch was forgotten (I think it was Thanksgiving week, and our cupboards were towering with food and stuff). I found them, and while they hadn't long to live, I hated to just toss them in the compost pile.

I'd loved banana bread as a kid, and remembered really liking my Aunt Kathy's loaves. Five or seven years ago, I asked her for her recipe. She seemed a bit surprised by that, thinking it wasn't a big deal; but passed it on. The recipe, Boalsburg Banana Bread, came from the Penn State Cookbook. My late Uncle was a PSU grad, and two of the cousins attended university in State College, as well. To me, it seemed perfectly normal for her to have a Penn State recipe book!

It's easy to make; smash your bananas, add dry and wet ingredients, pour into a pan and bake.

Nuts are commonly added, but the last time I tried it, Alex wasn't so crazy about them. I enjoy walnuts or pecans in banana bread, but for Alex's sake, skipped them.

Alex loved it...eating four pieces the very first morning! So, no waste, and a good breakfast food.

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At 8:40 AM, Blogger Alanna said...

Blackened bananas actually freeze beautifully, right there in their own little freezer-bag jackets, so there's no need to wait when something banana-ish strikes! This one looks great!!

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks, AK!

I actually have two or three small bananas in the freezer, but they're not quite enough for a full recipe.

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Kevin said...


What a coincidence, my recipe for banana bread came from the State Pen as well.

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

hey...was that a knock on my favorite college???

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Lady Amalthea said...

Oo, sounds good. One of the girls I live with makes exceptional banana bread, stirring a little chocolate into the batter. Not the ideal breakfast food, but delicious nonetheless.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Oooh...I never thought of adding chocolate; that's brilliant!


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