I’ve been thrilled and privileged to be among the best bakers in Barbados and having plantain and banana trees mean I baked lots of banana and plantain bread.
Banana bread is a type of bread made from mashed bananas. It is often a moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread, feel free to switch things up with plantain.
Most Bajans have lots of fruit trees and plantains are plentiful throughout the island.
Over the years I’ve become friends with a lot of bakers all over Barbados, and some vegetable farmers too. It’s a wonderful community of earthy, spiritual, generous, and above all hardworking people.
1 cup Butter
1 1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar
3 cup Self-raising flour (self-raising cake/pastry flour)
1/2 tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Grated Fresh Nutmeg
2 Mashed or puree Ripe Bananas
1 cup Golden Raisins optional
½ cup Chopped Walnuts optional
In a bowl, cream the butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.
In another bowl, combine self-raising flour with salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Combine mashed bananas( mash or puree).
Mix the dry ingredients and banana mixture, alternately, into the creamed mixture until batter is just combined; fold in raisins and nuts.
Pour batter into 2 greased 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 – 60 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center tests done.
Leave in pan for 10 minutes; remove from loaf pans and let cool on racks. Makes 2 loaves.
Recipe Submitted by Good Old Bajan Cooking Group.
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