May 24, 2009

A Recipe from Bob Dylan's Mother

Beatty Zimmerman's Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf Bread

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs 4 tablespoons sour cream
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 (6-ounce) package chocolate chips (or up to 12 ounces, if desired)
2 medium disposable foil loaf pans (about 8-by-3-by-2 inches)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the sugar and butter. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the sour cream and ripe bananas; mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add the dry mixture to the sour cream mixture, then fold in the chocolate chips. Divide the batter between two greased loaf pans. Bake for about 50 minutes. Turn the loaves out on to cooling rack or aluminum foil as soon as they're done.

Cook's note: Beatty Zimmerman, mother of singer Bob Dylan, says this recipe is no-fail: "It's one minute to make."

Sandy Thompson of the Duluth News-Tribune interviewed Beatty Zimmerman, June 30, 1999 and Beatty Zimmerman shared this recipe. Tested by the Duluth News-Tribune, July 7, 1999.

The above image is Beatty and Abe Zimmerman holding hands with Robert, 1942. The image is taken from


California Girl said...

Yum! Wish I'd had this when I got up at 8AM today to bake a lemon pound cake for the church bake sale this morning. This looks easier. Love the Dylan reference too.

nonizamboni said...

Thanks for the recipe. I, too have been celebrating the big birthday weekend of Minnesota's boy. Last night I watched PBS special of him @ the Newport Jazz Fest 1963-65. And now I know why his music and lyrics meant so much to me back then.
Hope your weekend has been great!

Ima Wizer said...

I think Beatty looks like the old Duchess of Windsor!

tony said...

"Thanks" [He shouted from the Kitchen]

Candie Bracci said...

Cool :)

Ronda Laveen said...

What a great sounding recipe. Thanks! I'm printing it out now.

Melanie Young said...

Just now ran across this - thank you so much for sharing! Will definitely try it.