Let me tell you about the time I made homemade banana bread...

@miamilady (4924)
United States
May 21, 2009 9:09pm CST
My son has a friend. We take is friend to his house almost every day. We've been doing this for almost two years now. Last year, this friend was into cooking and baking. Once or twice he brought out some of his banana bread for us to sample. It was really good. He gave us his recipe. My son was eager to try out the recipe, so a few days after we were given the recipe, we decided to try it out... I had bananas...I had flour, milk, butter (I think that was about all I needed) I wasn't sure how long I had the flour for, but I took a look and I didn't see anything moving, so I figured it was safe. I didn't mention my concern to my son. We went ahead and mixed the ingredients together and put it in the oven. It baked very well...smelled good. We didn't burn it. It came out just right! So, we decide to dig in. It was delicious! After about two or three bites, I took a closer look. There were these little black, bug like lines in the bread! I thought to myself OMG the flour! There were little bug eggs in it and they hatched when I baked the bread! I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit. Then after poking through the bread and picking it apart, and gagging, and looking some more, it occurred to me that when you eat a banana, there are little brown spots around the center. So then, I had to start investigating a banana...I spent about 10-15 minutes doing that. I finally came to the conclusion that it was the little brown things in the bananas...I think. Was I right?
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13 responses
@celticeagle (122466)
• Boise, Idaho
22 May 09
Yes, dear it was most likely the banana. When the banana ripens the center turns black. It isn't bugs. When you make banana bread you want to use ripe bananas. They have a center that does turn. I used to make it all the time. It is very good with alittle butter hot out of the oven. Don't pick it apart! Just eat it and enjoy it silly. Poor banana!
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
22 May 09
lol I won't pick it apart next time. I have always loved banana bread. It had just been such a long time since I'd had it, that I had forgotten what it was supposed to look like.
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@celticeagle (122466)
• Boise, Idaho
22 May 09
Silly girl.
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
22 May 09
Oh, thanks, I just ate breakfast, LOL! I've never seen bugs in or on a banana. I have in flour. My daughter is thinking of making some banana bread this weekend. Hum.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
22 May 09
lol You're welcome! Enjoy your banana bread! Oddly, my son was just talking about banana bread today. I wondered if it was coincidence or if he was reading my myLot discussions.
@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Hi, miamilady You are cute and funny Yes, what you saw was the brown spots in the banana. They are actually like threads not dots. And yes, they look like worms in a banana cake. I love banana cake. It's easy to make and not to expensive. I will probably like your banana cake too. Have a nice day!
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
22 May 09
"They are actually like threads not dots" Exactly! It has been a long time since that happened, and I had forgotten that it was when I was mixing it, that I noticed these long "thread looking" things. I thought they were tiny worms, not bugs! I had forgotten about that until I just read the response above yours...
@aweins (4203)
• India
22 May 09
oh my dear friend, that story of yours made me laugh like anything. i read it twice and i made my hubby also read it, it is so funny. they are not bugs, (i think now must have known that, but just to tell you, it is the banana). my Gosh, i am still laughing, i cant stop, i cant help. my baby will wake up. she is sleeping andwhen she sleeps then only can i sit on mylot and you wont believe , i just woke up, brushed my teeth and logged in, the first thing i checked was e-mails and mylot and in mylot i saw this dicussion of yours that made me laugh and i made my hubby also read it. it s a nice one friend.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
22 May 09
I'm glad I was able to make you laugh. :-) I was laughing reading about how much you were laughing. lol It happened about a year ago. I just had a flashback, for some reason when I was reading your reply. My concern actually started BEFORE I baked it. It was when I was MIXING it. I saw these black little stringy things. I thought they were some type of worm or maggot that came from the "old" flour! lol I had forgotten about that. So, it was from the time I mixed it. I was disecting bananas trying to figure this out. I guess I convinced myself it was the bananas but I continued to second guess myself even after I baked it. I guess this could qualify as one of those "most embarassing moments".
@marciascott (25553)
• United States
22 May 09
That was a funny Story the first thing I thought when I read this is it is always dark specs in Bananas bread from the Bananas. It sounds like you made a good B.Cake. that is a all it was, it was the Bananas. I was stasrting to get hungry when you describe how you made the Bread, I bet it came out real good, sounds like it.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
22 May 09
It was very good and it was easy to make. Once I got over my fear I enjoyed it. We made it again after that. I think I may have to whip up another batch soon. I think this time I will buy a fresh pack of flour just to be safe! ;-)
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@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
5 Jun 09
I don't know about your particular situation...But from my experience the bugs that live in flours and grains don't tend to become "streaks" in anything--you find them as whole bugs. Also, yes, bananas do contain (sometimes) the dark spots--fact is, I know many people who make banana bread--bananas that are very dark make for the best banana bread.
@Darkwing (21588)
28 May 09
Lol... yes, of course it was the banana. As it heats up, it turns browner and as you say, in the middle of the fruit, there are little, dark seed-like pieces. Do you really think a bug would hatch in that heat, and furthermore, walk around the mixture! lol. No... certainly not... it was the banana my friend and you'd just developed a fear that it might be bugs in the flour. If you go buy a new bag of flour and make another loaf, I'm sure you'll find the same little dark bits! Brightest Blessings.
@MsTickle (25058)
• Australia
27 May 09
Yeah, the bananas break down into little brown filaments of matter and that's normal. . Wish I'd been there to laugh when you were gagging on your banana bread.
• United States
22 May 09
Wow, I had to laugh some when I read this. I've found bugs in flour before at my mother's house *shudder* so I can appreciate the concern. However, like others have said, it almost certainly was the banana, not any bugs. :) I havent had banana bread in a very long time, either, so I probably would have had pretty much the same reaction. Thinking about it, I'm not even completely sure what it's supposed to look like...I'd probably have to go search for pictures to see.
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
22 May 09
I think you made the right decision. Banana bread always has little dark spots because of the middle of the banana. I might suggest to you that you keep your flour in the freezer. You will never have to worry about bugs in it then. I started keeping my flour in the freezer many years ago and I have never had a bug in it. I also take old bananas and peel them and freeze them for use later on. You are making me hungry for banana bread! I might just have to make some soon! Best wishes!
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
22 May 09
Your banana bread story is so funny. I think what you saw was the seed part of the banana that is no longer a seed. I always freeze my flour for about a week when when I first bring it home. That will kill any of the eggs that might be lurking in it. You can't see the eggs but when they hatch you will see them.
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
22 May 09
yeah I think it could have been the bananas
@KATRINKA (1658)
• United States
22 May 09
Oh my gosh! That is so funny! It's funny that I came across this post just now. Just a few minutes before I logged in, I put a few brown bananas in the freezer to save to make banana bread later. I think I would have thrown up in my mouth, too. I know my flour is pretty fresh and new, as I've just moved. But I will definitely take a close look before I mix all the ingredients for my banana bread. Thanks for sharing!