Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pan de Platano (Banana Bread)

A banana is a Platano Johnson in Cuban. Why? No se. That's just what the long yellow banana is called.

It just is.

We never had banana bread in our house growing up and the only person I ever knew of as a banana bread baker was Rosana, my best friend's mom. I just chalked that up to her growing up in Miami, not because she was Cuban.

She used to gift her banana bread -- it was that good. And when Diana had her own place, I'd see the rotten bananas in her fridge, just like at her mom's house, and I knew she'd have some banana bread to share in the near future.

I had bananas that were rotten (read: perfect for this recipe) and had placed them in the fridge to stop the ripening process a few days before making this recipe.

They were perfect, mashable and so sweet. Que rico.

While reading through Recipe #542: Pan de Platano, I didn't realize that Nitza asks you to fold the dry ingredients plus the wet ingredients into the butter, sugar and eggs. I beat the ingredients, and as Nathan from La Cocina de Nathan warned, the consistency of the banana bread was a bit denser than if I would have folded the ingredients together.

But the taste was just right. And such an easy recipe to for those rotten bananas that always seem to be in my house -- and yours.

I think I know what to make for Rosana for Christmas.

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  1. I've actually never had banana bread. The only bananas in my house are platanos and we mash em, fry em or boil em lol. Great post!

  2. Funny, I actually have bananas in my fridge rotting away just to make more bread Going to have to taste your version... My moms recipe has sour cream and vanilla, instead of milk and lime?

  3. Your banana bread looks so golden and moist.

    I absolutely LOVE banana bread. I don't make it that often, because bananas rarely last that long in my house with 4 kids. But when I do have overripe bananas, everyone knows that we'll be having banana bread soon. Next time, you should try adding cocoa powder. Chocolate Banana Bread is out of this world.

  4. I've loved banana bread since I was little. It's great to make on a cold day - the aroma as it's baking is comforting and warm. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  5. I love banana bread and add chocolate chips and/or walnuts. Thanks for the tip, too, via Nathan, about folding v. mixing the ingredients.

  6. I love banana bread! Looks like a great recipe.

  7. I love the banana bread as well as the carrot cake.. I didn’t know you can use rotten bananas.. Perfect !!! I don’t have to throw them away. Thanks for the info..