Monday, November 9, 2009
This Sh*t is Bananas
SO I have this problem with bananas. I will only eat them when they are still green. I cannot tolerate them when they start to taste overwhelmingly of banana. It's too much for me, totally gross, but I still love bananas, they're delicious. Unfortunately, after they start to get that distinctive yellow banana appearance to them they just sit in the fruit bowl FOREVER until I discard them. This seems wasteful, and since I had about 4 very brown bananas in the kitchen, I decided to make banana bread.
It's hard to find a banana bread recipe that doesn't taste like you're eating a banana rock, a lot of times they're too dry and inedible. So here's the recipe I just found that I really like, I added a few extra things to give it some depth; but, it's moist, quick and has a good flavor to it.
What you need:
1 cup of granulated sugar
8 tablespoons of butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas (I used all 4, to give it a little more flavor, why not? I had 4 after all)
1 tablespoon of milk
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
*I added about 2 tablespoons of sour cream to make it a little bit more moist, you could also use yogurt. It makes a difference, learned that from a foodie friend. He put some in a recipe we tried a long time ago, and I was HORRIFIED that he was breaking the recipe, but it worked, and made it better. So that's for him.
I also added walnuts. Gave it some texture.
Preheat the oven to 325, butter a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan
Cream the sugar and the butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon.
In another small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add all the dry ingredients, mixing until the flour disappears.
Once it's a batter, this is where I added the sour cream and crushed walnuts, and just lightly mixed it all in. Don't beat the hell out of it.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour to 1h 10 min.
And there you have it. Yummy. Enjoy! Makes a good breakfast toasted with some butter and a cuppa tea.
Have a lovely day!