Friday, November 16, 2007 in Uncategorized

Banana Gumdrop loaf

Or, Recipe Friday: The maudlin edition. I’ve been talking back and forth with too many people today about sad memories. Might as well top it off. 🙂

Banana Gumdrop loaf

This is my grandmother’s recipe for banana gumdrop loaf. Those are her notations, and many of the dates from the 90’s was from when she made it for Ron. Ron really likes gumdrop cake over the holidays, and this particular recipe is a very nice take on it. 1995 looked like a really good year. She went for all caps. (As I recall, it was a very nice Christmas at their place.) This is how I make it:

1 /12 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cups sugar
2/3 cup gumdrops (the small plain kind found in the baking aisle called “baking gums”. If you can’t find them, cut large ones with wet scissors.)

Measure out all this and sift together. Stir in gumdrops.

1 egg
1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 very ripe ones)
1/4 cup oil or melted shortening
1/2 cup milk

Stir this well into the dry mixture. Pour into 3 or 4 small greased loaf pans and bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Test with a toothpick for doneness.

Best served cooled, with a little spreadable margarine on it maybe, a nice pot of hot strong tea to one side, and the company of one’s elders.


  1. *big hug*
    And that sounds yummy 🙂

  2. Your Grandma’s handwriting looks like my Gramma’s handwriting. I have tears in my eyes just looking at it.

    *big big hugs*

  3. Me, too (tears in my eyes). The mother of a friend of mine passed away this week and my Mum (Andrea’s Grandmother) was mentionned in the eulogy as they were best friends.
    They live on in their recipes!