Classic banana bread is a perfect canvas for new flavors. I developed this adaptation while designing the menu for my B&B in Jamaica. I wanted it to be comfortingly familiar, yet exciting with a new twist.

We served this bread simply sliced as part of the welcome spread of snacks for arriving guests, and it’s seriously perfect any time of day.


The most traditional use of overripe bananas in Jamaica is probably banana fritters. They’re made by mashing bananas, then stirring in spices, sugar, and flour to make a thick batter that is pan fried until golden brown and crispy on both sides.

With the popularization of quick breads—breads using a chemical leavening agent and baked in the oven—banana fritters gave way for banana bread to become an instant classic as well.

These days, you’ll find a wide range of Jamaican-inspired…

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