Banana-rama

Friday, March 20, 2015

I am guilty of buying fruit with the good intention of being a super human-being and eating lots of fruit every day. Most of the time this is a success but usually a lone satsuma or banana is left in the bowl, all lonely and wrinkly like a jilted Miss Havisham. Last week there were two bananas that neither myself or the drummer wanted to risk taking to work for fear of bag-smush, the inevitable disaster for soft-fruit bearing commuters.

Along came my genius plan to make banana bread. I should warn you that I am incredibly new to baking (five steps before novice), having never really had my own kitchen to make a mess of and generally turn upside down while I frantically use every available kitchen appliance. I was very excited and keen to get started so as soon as I got home from work I set to it. I followed a recipe from http://www.simplyrecipes.com/ - the ingredients used and recipe is below but you can view the original source here.


Ingredients

  • 2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup of sugar (can easily use 3/4 cup, or drop it down to 1/2 cup if you want it less sweet)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

Recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4x8-inch loaf pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.


  • Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes (check at 50 minutes) at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.



  • Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. Remove the banana bread from the pan. Slice and serve. (A bread knife helps to make slices that aren't crumbly.)

Admittedly the first attempt had a bright future until I decided that I could multitask and watch the finale of American Horror Story whilst baking. 

Note: best not to get engrossed in Jessica Lange’s on screen meltdown as she obviously doesn't care about your baking escapades. 


I came back into the kitchen to find my first masterpiece had risen like Frankenstein’s monster into a charcoal bread rather than the banana goodness I was hoping for. Sadly photographic evidence is not available as I channeled Bake-Off's Iain and was quick to recreate Bingate. 


The second attempt was much more successful, I shunned American Horror Story and instead kept my beady eye on the oven. I have always laughed at those people with their bums in the air on The Great British Bake-off staring at their creations and willing their baked goods to reach that optimum golden brown heavenly state. 



Not burnt at all.

I added a dusting of icing sugar because YOLO.


My judgement days are over, the only way to make a good bake is to fully commit to it, bottoms up! More baking antics to follow!


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