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 No one knows the exact history of when or where banana bread was first baked.  The use of bananas in cooking goes back as far as the earliest records of the ancient Egyptians.  And even the early Greeks cooked or did some kind of baking with bananas.

Bananas were first shipped out of India in the 1830's thanks to a refrigeration method that prevented them from spoiling.  They arrived on our shores at Boston Harbor in 1860. It wasn't until the 1930's however, that banana bread began appearing on dessert tables, when baking soda and baking powder came to be used as leavening agents.

One story has it that banana bread was actually invented by an elderly woman who was baker at a hotel in Kingston, Jamaica.  Whoever invented it, we're glad they did!  Banana bread remains today the most popular of the "batter," or "tea breads" in the world. It is so revered in Australia in fact that February 23 of each year is declared, National Banana Bread Day!

Fritter Batter:
1 Cup all Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt (if using self rising flour, omit salt.) (if adding salted foods to batter, omit salt.)
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Peel and chop into bite size pieces approximately 6 bananas.  Heat oil, (2-3 inches) in deep fryer or kettle at 375 degrees.  Beat batter ingredients in bowl with hand beater until smooth.  Stir banana pieces into batter, and drop each into fryer until completely cooked (about 5 minutes.)  Drain on paper towels.  Dust with confectioners sugar and serve immediately!