Bananas are tasty, convenient, and inexpensive. They are also a very healthy fruit with fiber and protein, and potassium and other nutrients. However, they can also be boring. So when I saw a recipe for Raisins and Bananas in a hundred-year-old cookbook, I decided to give it a try.
The bananas are baked with raisins in a light sugar syrup. The Raisins and Bananas were tasty, and would make a lovely fruit dessert or snack (or could be served at breakfast of another meal).
Here’s the original recipe:
Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:
Raisins and Bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup raisins
juice from 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 375° F. Put sugar, water, and raisins in a saucepan; stir. Using medium heat bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool until lukewarm.
In the meantime, peel bananas and remove any stringy fibers. If desired cut the bananas in half. Arrange in a baking dish, then pour the raisins and syrup over the bananas. Put in oven and bake until the syrup is hot and bubbly, and the bananas tender. Remove from oven. May be served either hot or cold.
9 thoughts on “Raisins and Bananas”
John would like this one.
Simple and I’m sure tasty!
Really enjoyed looking at this 1922 recipe, Sheryl. I like the simplicity of it. I find cooked fruit to be one of the best ways to bring out the fruit’s flavors. I imagine this 1922 cookbook published from the Baptist church in Michigan must be fascinating…thanks for sharing it.
and good for us ….well maybe not the sugar but the bananas and raisens.
Why not just eat the raisins and bananas without adding sugar? I think Mary Poppins has a lot to answer for with her adding a spoonful of sugar to whatever comes alon!
Maybe these are green bananas? My ripe bananas are already sweet and softish. I would just eat plain. Or in my yogurt.
Oh yum! My daughter in-law uses green bananas in some of her food,she’s from PR ,so she gives us a real taste of topical eating!!
I’ve made something much like this before but also added cinnamon. Very tasty and healthy!