For me, banana bread is one of those things that conjures up memories of my childhood...and it's a definitely a comfort food and perfect for breakfast/brunch, or an afternoon treat along with a nice café con leche! My mom—who still loves hers toasted with cream cheese—made banana bread regularly, for years. In fact, my first versions were just like hers. But in recent years, I've changed it up a bit. Purists (!) may object, but I now have Kahlúah, toasted pecans, and raisins in the mix... However you make it, the key is using very ripe bananas (and, of course, you don't want the bread to be dry!). Hope you'll try—and enjoy—this interpretation!
Arlen's Banana Bread
Makes one loaf