And now for something completely different: Food!
I came up with a pretty tasty variation that's a melding of banana nut bread and cornbread which I'm sure will offend fans/purists of traditional versions of both. But it tastes really good, so fuck those people in their ears.
This is a Quick Bread, so the basic idea is you combine and mix all the dry ingredients and all the wet ingredients separately, combine, bring them together with as little mixxing as possible (small lumps are OK), and then put into a pan and bake for 35-45 minutes.
1.5 cups - Whole Wheat Flour (you can use regular flour if you prefer)
2 cups - Stoneground Cornmeal
1 Tbsp - Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp - Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp - Orange Zest
1/2 cup - Dried Blueberries
1/2 cup - Nuts of your choosing (walnut or pecan, toasted, would probably be best; optional)
Pinch - Kosher/Sea Salt
3-4 - Mashed Bananas (use a fork)
1 Tbsp - Vanilla Extract
1 - Egg
1/4 cup - Sugar
1 cup - Milk
2 Tbsp - Vegetable Oil
Once you've got those two sets of ingredients ready preheat your oven to 350F and coat your baking pan with butter/shortening. For easy extraction, cut a piece of parchment paper so that the bottom of the pan is covered (on top of the coat of butter) and two of the sides. After baking you can just lift the loaf out by the parchment.
Anyway, combine the wet ingredients with the dry, mix just enough to bring it together, and pour into the pan. Bake it for ~30 minutes and then check on it. Cooking time varies a bit, use a toothpick or bamboo skewer to test for doneness. (Poke into the center and pull the skewer out. If it comes out clean its done.) If not, give it five minutes. Once finished cooking, turn the loaf out on a cooling rack.
The result should be a slightly sweet, moist loaf of bread. There should be some of the cornbread graininess, but softened and kind of velvety.
Any suggestions on changes are welcome, it's very much a Work-In-Progress.