I made my first banana bread just after the second world war. Bananas disappeared from the produce shelves during the war. Rationing, torpedoed cargo ships and ships used for troop transport meant that many food items were simply not available.
My first banana loaf contained no walnuts. They were still rationed. The recipe was rather frugal with a limited amount of sugar and butter. However to me the flavour was wonderfully exotic and I pretended those brown specks were nuts.
Through the years I baked many variations of banana bread; coconut banana, banana prune, banana chocolate chip and so on. They were all good but not great. Hundreds of banana breads later I declare this is the Blue Ribbon Winner. It is rich with butter and eggs. Deeply flavoured with brown sugar and a smidge of cinnamon. It is extravagantly studded with walnuts, and has a delicate crumb. It is the ULTIMATE BLUE RIBBON BANANA BREAD.