I've begged Brian to take me around the northern part of Maui. It's like a scratch in the middle of my back...you know, the one you can't reach! This area is the only area of Maui that we have not explored and I am dying for a taste of Julia's Best Banana Bread.
But doesn't this drive look easy!?
When highway 30 ends, Country Road 340 begins, the road narrows and then the oasis village of Kakakuloa appears. Nestled in a small valley, a community of about 100 Hawaiians enjoy living life "off the grid".
Here, a small road side stand sells Julia's famous banana bread. She bakes enough loafs each day to serve those who risk life and limb to come to her and the stand closes when the last loaf is sold.
Brian says no, and I understand why. It's a dangerous road (my Dad tried it and has warned us not to attempt for years), but it would be an ultimate adventure and man, I sure do want some of that bread.
This will have to do....a 2011 1st place winning recipe from the Maui Agricultural Festival.
Makes 4 large loaves
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup vegetable oil
Mix all dry ingredients together in a ziplock bag. Smash the bananas in a large bowl (using your hands will help get all the lumps out). Add the oil and eggs to the bananas. Combine the dry ingredients with the banana mixture and mix well. Pour mixture into pans (you do not need to grease the pans). Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of Maui Magazine
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