My Uncle Bill is famous with family and friends for his wit AND his banana bread. The banana bread is moist and the banana flavor sings. We visited my Aunt Mary Lou and Uncle Bill this summer and were thoroughly spoiled. After taking a 4 mile walk with my cousins where we caught up on family news and picked out our dream homes – we had breakfast each morning on the back patio overlooking the Herring River and the Nantucket Sound. There is usually fresh fruit, fruit compote, yogurt, Irish bread, banana bread, and coffee or tea. There is always kindness, love and family time.
My Uncle Bill uses long bread pans that are a little longer than the typical pan and a tad narrower. I had never seen any like these in the store. Uncle Bill said he got them in the 50’s or 60’s when cleaning out my grandfather’s attic and who knows how long they had been up there! I have to admit I was a little stressed that my version would not come out as good as Uncle Bill’s because of not having that special pan. Lo’ and behold, we went to visit Aunt Mary Lou while she was volunteering at the church charity shop and we found a pan like the one Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary Lou use. Score!
You will want to use the ripest bananas you can find. My cousins bring their dad ripe bananas. We purposefully buy extra bananas to make sure we will have some that get ripe. Sometimes it is a challenge since everyone in our house loves bananas!
Do you have any foods or recipes that remind you of family?