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Banana Bread

Banana Bread recipe first originated in the 18th century when it was discovered by housewives who were experimenting with Pearlash. The simplicity of the Banana Bread recipe made it popular post 1960 and the recipe is a standard feature in most of the American cookbooks.

History of Banana Bread

Banana Bread recipes are “quick breads” that are leavened with baking powder. Quick breads such as Banana Bread recipes (the baked variety) were not developed till late 18th century (when Pearlash was discovered). Pearlash is refined potash that produces carbon-dioxide in the bread. This leavens the bread immediately and that is the reason Banana Bread recipes are called “quick breads”.

Variations of Banana Bread Recipe

There are many variations of Banana Bread recipe. The different types include the ones that have added fruits along with banana, nuts such as walnuts and pecans, chocolate chips and in some cases even extra bananas. Raisins are also a wonderful addition to the Banana Bread recipe. Cinnamon can be used in place of nutmeg to add to/change the flavor of the recipe.

Regional variations in the Banana Bread Recipe

Though originated in United States, Banana Bread recipe is a favorite and a staple food for the Vietnamese. They prepare the Banana Bread recipe in two different ways each with its own unique taste – The Baked Banana Cake known as Bánh chuối nướng is baked in an oven giving it a golden brown crust. The Steamed Banana Cake or the Banana Pudding known as Bánh chuối hấp is steamed in rice starch and it does not have the external golden brown crust as in the Baked Banana recipe. Bánh chuối chiên, (eaten as sticky rice fritter) and Bánh chuối khoai (includes slices of sweet potato) are some other variations of Banana Bread recipe of Vietnam.

Nutritional Value of Banana Bread

Banana Bread whether baked or steamed, is very high in nutrients such as potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorous. It is also high in calories and rich in vitamin C. Banana is considered as the best laxative and is ideal for constipated patients. Banana Bread is a wholesome food item that can be recommended to all age groups.