When you picture banana bread in your mind’s eye, what do you see? A golden loaf, perhaps, or a delicious snack? That’s not what my colleague Jamelle Bouie sees. When he visualizes banana bread, he sees an empty canvas on which he can express his creativity with chocolate chips, peanut butter, even extra bananas.
“Banana bread is one of those things where it seems like it should be more precise than it is,” says Jamelle. Watch the video above for more details, and check out Slate’s banana bread recipe for one of many possible variations.