Grandma’s Classical Harmony

The Bread Winner

Every time I went to my grandma’s house, there was always something cooking and always something sweet. Of course, I only cared about the sweet things, but the food was great too. There was one baked good that I enjoyed the most: banana nut bread. This was the one sweet thing that I could eat at the designated dessert time and at the morning table. The best part was my mom went along with giving me banana nut bread three times a day. It is a classic staple in my grandma’s house, one every family member fawned over.  My grandma is the grandma that feeds the family, giving everyone food and baked goodies, and so whenever we went on a trip to meet family or for a family reunion, she packed a suitcase full of banana nut bread loafs for everyone. Banana nut bread was essentially the bread winner of the family.

the breadwinner of banana nut bread

The Baker Behind It All

Born and raised in New Orleans, my grandma was the southern cook and baker; she started at the small age of 8. What started out as helping her mother, she soon fell in love with the creative flair of baking and cooking. This new found love created an opportunity to be with her grannie. Her grannie taught her all the skills she needed to pursue the life of a cook and baker. The love became deeper for my grandma as she saw the happiness in the eyes of those who ate her baked goods and cooking.  The love she has for cooking shows in her eyes as she mixes the big pot of spaghetti sauces. She aspires to make others happy as she hands out the many loafs of banana bread and other baked goods. The obvious and clear love for baking and cooking started at the young age and the love still rages on as she makes her fajitas for Saturday night dinner. The simple task of cooking and baking is taken to the next level in my grandma’s heart. My grandma receives joy from seeing  eyes light up from the plates of happiness that she has made. I see the admiration for cooking and baking first hand when she teaches me some tricks of the trade and speaks about the variation of one recipe.

“[It is] rewarding to have people enjoy meals and baked goods I prepared,” said my grandma.

The Banana Nut Bread Twisted

The idea of banana bread originated from the idea of quick breads, one with no chemical reactions (yeast). Housewives started this in the 18th century in the United States. My grandma still bakes this older version, so I figured it was time to give it a twist. This twist was indeed approved by my grandma. The 20th century twist on this classic is the much loved chocolate chips. Chocolate chips add a little more sweetness everyone wants, but you can still pull it off for breakfast and every other meal.

the much loved chocolate chips

Classic Banana Nut Bread with a Twist

Yields: One loaf

Time: 1 hr 45 mins


1 1/2 cup of flour

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. allspice

3/4 cup of canola oil

2 eggs (slightly beaten)

2 Tbsp. buttermilk

1 cup of sugar

3 ripe bananas(puree)

1 cup of walnuts

1 cup of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice together in a medium bowl.
  3. Puree the bananas to create a banana mush, and coarsely chop the walnuts.
  4. Add in the oil, eggs, buttermilk, bananas, nuts, and chocolate chips.
  5. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
  6. Pour into your loaf pans.
  7. Bake for 90 minutes, and check it at 75 minutes.

This is one of the great batters to lick the spoon and bowl 🙂

All images by Alex Goldbeck

cooked to the perfect touch

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