A classic sweet banana bread recipe with the addition of an exotic spice re-invents this American classic. Cardamom Banana Bread pays homage to the quick bread we have enjoyed throughout the decades. An easy quick bread becomes a real treat for your family and friends, just make two.
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I didn’t grow up with banana bread baking in our oven at home. My parents weren’t bakers.
They weren’t really home cooks either, at least not by todays expectations. My parents were of the frozen and canned food preparers generation. With the exception of my Dad’s potato soup and meatloaf with mashed potatoes, I can’t think of anything they prepared from scratch on normal days.
Even the holidays didn’t escape the ‘better living’ through convenience foods phenomena that was America’s cultural norm after World War II. The turkey was baked from scratch and maybe the mashed potatoes and yams but we still had dinner rolls in a tube, green beans and cranberry ‘sauce’ from a can and stuffing from a box. Don’t let me fool you though, these dinners were delicious and I have many fond memories of picking caramelized marshmallows off the top of my Mother’s sweet potato dish when she wasn’t looking.
Banana bread never made it into my childhood but I was sure to make up for it when I was introduced to it by a friend. She pulled out a red and white checkered cookbook and whipped up two loaves of banana bread and gave me one. I watched her mix the batter, prepare the loaf pans and bake in the oven.
‘That’s it? That doesn’t look hard.’ – I said.
‘It’s not hard, haven’t you ever made a quick bread before?’ – She countered.
Ever since then I have used that same basic recipe and just substituted the fruit and spices out to make different quick breads. I also adapted the recipe to a food processor but you can make this using a stand mixer or a hand mixer.
Growing up we didn’t have any of these nifty appliances so I learned to mix and whisk by hand which helped me grow into a buff home cook with biceps.
Enjoy this version of banana bread and feel free to come up with your own personalized version of your own.
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