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Help! Banana bread bread without baking soda or baking powder?

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We were gifted with a whole box of bananas that went ripe .... actually soft ... at the same time.

I want to make banana bread. I'm in Guatemala and the markets near me carry neither baking soda or baking powder which is mentioned as the substitute if there is no baking soda.

What else can I substitute? Can I leave it out?

I have boxed pancake mix. Do you think I could throw some of that in there?

A bonus would be any banana ideas. HOWVER, this is quite the picky crowd ... no, seriously.

Don't even think ice cream because the freezer is lousy, the temperature rarely goes below 100 degrees and cream is practically unknown.

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  1. Have you tried a pharmacy? Bicarbonate of soda should be readily available.

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    1. re: phofiend

      Well, I'll try to see if I can find out how to say that in Spanish. Anyone know offhand? Thanks. Hopefully I can get to a pharmacy before the bananas go bad. They riepened really wierdly turning fro green to brown and soft almost overnight. I guess whatever Chiquita sprays them with to keep them green, needs something else to make them ripen normally

      1. re: rworange

        Try bicarbonado de sodia, or bicarbonado de natria as Natrium is the Latin name for sodium.

    2. There are some recipes out there for banana bread with yeast. Do you have access to dry yeast? The bread will take longer to make, as the dough will have to rise - here is a link

      allrecipes.com/recipe/banana-nut-yeast-bread/

      1. no pancake mix! bit of salt & u should be fine. watch closely as it bakes since temp and humidity are a factor.

        1. The common baking powder in Latin America is Royal Polvo para Hornear - ask for Royal
          http://www.mexgrocer.com/3349.html

          a recipe using both
          http://antiguadailyphoto.com/2009/10/...

          ½ cucharadita de polvo de hornear
          ½ cucharadita de bicarbonato

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          1. re: paulj

            Thanks all. It turned out we did have the Royal. New problem
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/772718