Best Banana Bread

With the kids back in school, it’s fun to go back in time to Bible days and see how our children were educated during the time of Christ.
In the Old Testament, you’ll find lots of references regarding how people felt religious training was important, so the primary purpose of education among the Jews was the learning of and obedience to the law of God, by studying the Torah, generally referring to the first 5 books of the  Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Of course, the secondary purpose in educating the young was to teach the practical lessons for everyday life, which meant a trade for the male and the care and feeding of the household for the female. Think of Jesus apprenticing under Joseph for carpentry.
Home was considered the first and most effective way to teach, and parents were considered the best teachers.
That responsibility is expressed in Genesis 18:19 where God states his expectation that Abraham will train his children and his household to walk in the ways of the Lord.
In the New Testament, Christian teaching was regarded as a primary function of the pastor and churches met in the homes of members.
Here’s a favorite snack for back to school.  Freezes well too!
1 stick of butter, softened
1 C. sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 C. mashed very ripe bananas (2-3)
1 t. vanilla
1/2 C. sour cream
1 t. baking soda
1 1/2 C. flour
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. salt
1/2 C. chopped pecans or walnuts (I always put twice as much)
Combine sour cream and baking soda in small bowl (to hold 2 cups) and set aside until it foams.
Cream butter and sugar with mixer until fluffy.  Beat in eggs.  Add vanilla.  Mix in mashed bananas.  Mix in sour cream mixture.  Add flour, cinnamon, salt and nuts and mix until just combined.
Pour into greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr. 10 minutes (mine only took 1 hr.)  Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert on rack.
In the New Testament, Christian teaching was regarded as a primary function of the pastor and churches met in the homes of members.
Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH
Appalachian Herbal Scholar


4 thoughts on “Best Banana Bread

  1. Rita, I made your recipe for Granola that I had been wanting to try since last December, but after only 2/15 minute baking sessions the granola was scorched. I went over the recipe 2 times to make sure I followed the directions. I had 2 different pans, one heavier than the other, and it didn’t burn as badly, but they both burned. Any ideas why? I haven’t had any trouble with the oven.
    The little I could salvage was delicious!
    Thank you,
    Nancy Misner


    1. Gosh, there’s some confusion here and I apologize. My recipe says 325 for 20 minutes total. Now I’m wondering if it was the chunky maple granola recipe which took longer but always turned out fine. Let me know and we’ll figure it out.


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