We have all heard of Banana Bread, and Zucchini Bread. These dessert loaves are often a wonderful way to use up something beginning to get too ripe, like bananas, or to use up overabundance from the summer garden. These loaves are less sweet than cakes, and generally need no icing, although a lovely lemon curd or a sprinkling of confectioners' sugar would not be amiss.
Like most moms, my Mom
made Banana Bread. Generally she used "Bisquick" to make her loaf. We
all loved it. These days I prefer to make them from scratch, rather than
use mixtures. My mother-in law (now deceased) had a recipe for Banana
Bread written into her cookbook. She used her one cookbook as a place to
scribble in, in any available space (margins, inside front cover
or back cover, between lines of other recipes), her treasured recipes.
Recently, the family asked if I could possibly take all those recipes
and make them into book form for all her children and grandchildren. I
accomplished this, though with some difficulties along the way. Mom
Rawstern had written some of these recipes very long ago, and some in
pencil, which had faded badly. I had to stand in bright sunlight with a
magnifying glass to make out some of the faded recipes! To complicate
things, she would also write over a recipe, when she changed the
ingredients along the way, so sometimes those were hard to decipher. No
matter - Mom Rawstern did a great job with her desserts. Her dessert
loaves were amazing. And hopefully they still will be, now that the
family has copies of the book I put together.