The whole world has been stuck at home for weeks, and everyone is doing the only logical thing to pass the time-baking! Cakes, Sourdough, cookies, you name it. But nothing more than the almighty banana bread. Of course this has pissed off some sourpusses out there who are enraged by all the banana bread photos out there. Well you angry birds, here is one more!
I made banana bread muffins once, under the strict watch of my baker friend. I was essentially just her hands; she told me exactly what to do, when to do it, how to do it. My only contribution was “oooh let’s put the mixture in the muffin tins and make banana bread muffins instead!” Like everyone else I have recently discovered my love for the culinary arts and with all the fuss about banana bread I was determined to make mine.
I had some very ripe bananas which motivated me even more, and I also had some flour, so I set about finding a recipe that required only those two items. Well I searched and searched but even the simplest recipe required more (at the very least butter and baking soda). I was not willing to leave my house just yet so I chopped the bananas, put them in a freezer bag and threw them into the freezer until I went shopping.
Once I got all the ingredients, I was fired up and ready to go. I narrowed my search down to two recipes; this Jamie Oliver recipe and another one which was modestly referred to as Best Banana Bread. My indecisiveness is legendary so I spent hours debating which recipe to follow; on one hand the Jamie Oliver recipe substituted sugar with honey which appeals to my pseudo healthy mind. But it called for apple juice and cinnamon which I did not have.
Eventually common sense won and I made the Best Banana Bread recipe for which I had all the ingredients. I added some nutmeg of my own volition.
The recipe calls for us to cream together butter and sugar which of course meant little to me. I faintly remember my friend doing something with an electric mixer but as I did not have that I figured there had to be another way. I found this helpful video on youtube. Basically add sugar and butter (room temperature, I melted mine in the microwave for 30 seconds) and then mix with a wooden spoon until thy kingdom come. The goal is to completely dissolve the sugar in the butter so the longer you stir for the better. I did this for 5 minutes (or less) because I was not put on earth to cream butter.
I put the frozen bananas in the microwave for 30 seconds and then mushed them with a rolling pin.
As directed, I mixed together all the wet items together (creamed butter and sugar, crushed bananas, eggs) and sifted the dry items (flour, baking soda, nutmeg and salt). Then I combined wet and dry, and added the vanilla. I did not add as much sugar as the recipe called for, it just seemed abominable to use that much sugar. The resulting mixture was sooooo darn delicious that it took all my willpower not to eat it all with a spoon.
I melted some butter and greased and floured the pan which turned out to be way better than just oiling the pan. It made it way easier to remove the finished banana bread.
I was going to use a narrow bread pan type object (forgive my ignorance) but I only had one of those and quite a bit of mixture. I was also not sure about how much it was going to rise so I just put the entire mixture into this wide pan. I put it in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for an hour. Oh yeah remember to preheat your oven about 20 minutes prior.
I had some pasta while I waited.
Eh voila! My beautiful creation.
Look at my baby. Simply stunning
It was delicious and every bite filled me with pride. So dramatic, yes, but I can’t help it.
I ate every last piece all by myself and I have no ragrets (if you don’t get the reference just keep it moving).
Now that I have successfully made some banana bread, there are no limits to what I can achieve. Lemon drizzle cake? Sticky toffee pudding? Six tier wedding cake? I can do it all.
What delicious things have you made so far?