Baking during quarantine

What’s better than banana bread?

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Isabella Harrop

Banana bread, which originated during the Great Depression, has many versions.

Isabella Harrop, Staff Writer

During this time in our life we are currently all tired of sleeping, watching Netflix, and wasting our day doing nothing. Most of us are not working and have school at home but really don’t have much schoolwork. Therefore, why not get off the couch and bake or make a nice homecooked meal? This is the perfect time to practice for all of us seniors going off to college  since we will have to be making our own food pretty soon. I decided to make banana bread because we had bananas that were going bad on our countertop; come to find out that it’s actually one of the number one things people are making during quarantine. They say that people are making it because it’s cheap, children like bananas, and it lasts for a few days. Although apparently the new way to make it is using a blender although I did not try that out.

 

I used an extremely easy recipe that didn’t call for much. You have to put ½ cup of butter softened, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 2 eggs beaten, 4 bananas that are finely crushed, 1 and ½ cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt,  ½ teaspoon vanilla and I added ¾ cup of mini chocolate chips. You have to preheat the oven to 350. First step is cream together butter and sugar and then add the eggs and crushed bananas. Once that is all combined, you then sift together flour, baking soda, salt and vanilla. Mix it all up so everything is evenly divided. Use a bread pan spray it so it doesn’t stick and then pour it all in.

 

The history of how banana bread came about is actually interesting. It all started during the Great Depression in 1929. The stock market crashed, which caused every scrap of food to be considered precious. People were unwilling to throw away any kind of food including those rotten bananas. The second reason is because baking soda/powder had a mass production and it was widely available. These two things are brought upon the great banana bread.

 

The banana bread recipe has changed greatly over the years with many different recipes out there. It originally was just the mashed-up bananas then people started putting sesame seeds or apricot jam into it. Each decade has its own banana bread recipe. The 1930 ‘s was known for the banana nut bread, which had a cup of wheat bran. The 1940’s was just a single egg, no spices, sour milk, or buttermilk in horror of WWII. The 1950’s was all low fat, low sugar, and even low banana. The 1960-1970’s it was scented with vanilla, almond, orange, nutmeg and coffee. From then on, we still have new and growing ways that banana bread is made.

 

During this time when there is not much to do with everything is closed and you remain lying in bed watching Netflix you should get up and make some banana bread. There is nothing better than getting up and trying out one of the recipes from a different decade. You can try new and amazing things before life goes back to normal. My mom and I made It this time and I have to say that it turned out pretty good and if you try it out hopefully yours does too.