I had two bananas that were in desperate need of being made into banana bread. In the past several months, I’ve been making a Weight Watchers recipe for banana oatmeal bread. It’s a fine bread. Simple to put together. But I wanted something a little different this time.
There are many cans of pumpkin in the pantry since I stocked up after the holidays were over. And, I found a recipe for a banana pumpkin bread that had some good reviews. You can find the recipe here. I took a look in the pantry to be sure that I had all of the other ingredients and I did, with the exception of pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin pie spice is one of those ingredients that really make a big difference in the final product. Luckily, I also found a substitute for pumpkin pie spice that you can make with ingredients that you probably already have. You can find that recipe here.
It came together very easily.
On a side note: I don’t usually bake with a lot of honey. But when the honey hit the other ingredients, the smell swept me back to my childhood. My Nana and Papa gave me a cookbook for my 8th birthday – one of many cookbooks that they gave me. This cookbook was amazing. I would cook something out of it quite frequently. And, of course, I still have it.
I flipped through it and could remember the recipes that I had tried when I was a kid. It’s amazing how powerfully connected the sense of smell is to memories. The smell of the honey in the bread recipe brought me back to one of my favorite recipes that I would make.
Oh man. Banana frothies. So good!
Out of all of the cookbooks that I was given as a child, this one was probably one of my favorites. Nana would usually inscribe something on the front cover. Like, “Happy Birthday” or the hopeful “I’m sure you’ll become a great chef.” Nana, I am not going to be a great chef as I get distracted when cooking and have destroyed too many pots by cooking rice and forgetting about it. But, I think that you would be proud of my pastry chef abilities.
Not really a pretty bread but it did smell pretty good.
The outcome: this recipe has a weird baking time. I noticed in several of the reviews that others had issues with the baking time. This bread was in the oven for almost 25 minutes longer than the recipe called for. The toothpick finally came out clean after 25 extra minutes but it seemed to take forever to get to that point. The poor bread is covered in holes since I had to test it so many times! It is also a lot darker than I thought it would be and I hope that the top isn’t baked too much.
The taste: I’m going to try it toasted. The taste is pretty mild. Sometimes banana breads and/or pumpkin breads are very strong because those two fruits can have very strong flavors. But this is actually pretty light. If I can ever figure out the actual baking time, this could become a favorite recipe.