My Family's Forever Banana Bread

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Founding Editor and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

Even though I’ve written about (and loved) many quick cakes and muffins and their ilk in 10 years of Genius Recipes—including at least three banana breads (1)—the recipe my mom always made when I was growing up is the one I turn to first and most. The original version, without my extraneous tips, was barely over 30 words long, unattributed in a spiral-bound community cookbook. The title, plainly: Banana Bread.