Saturday, September 17, 2011

day 36 = banana bread (#2)

i still had two bananas left from day 30 (banana cream pie) and this time charley let them rot on my counter (unlike day 10 when he tossed them in the trash). i was so excited to make a new banana bread recipe, but i realized i only had one egg and did not feel like leaving the house to go to the store. so i searched my cookbook collection and every recipe had 3 eggs in it. ok, now what. i went online and entered in the words "banana bread with one egg" and came up with this recipe. the problem is, i didn't have 1 full cup of sugar or 3 bananas. oy, i am going to need to improvise. here's what i did:

step 1: gather your ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 extremely ripe bananas, mashed*
  • 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • cinnamon

  • *if you don't have ripe bananas, don't fret, read the comment in day 8 from nancy (my inspiration)

    step 2: grease and flour a loaf pan

    step 3: sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt

    step 4: lightly beat egg

    step 5: cream the butter and sugar

    step 6: add the flour mixture, then egg, then vanilla

    step 7: mix in bananas, pineapple, and milk by hand

    step 8: pour into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle with cinnamon

    i made this for us, but we didn't get a chance to eat it the first night. so i left for work and told charley to have some of it. when i called him in the evening to let him know we were going over to friends for dinner. here's our conversation:

    me: "we need to be there in about an hour"

    charley: "what are we going to bring?"

    me: "we'll take the banana bread"

    charley: "what's left of it..."

    what's left of it?! it's only been a few hours how much could he have eaten! when i go home, there was only 1/2 the loaf left!! luckily, it's pretty dense so after a terrific meal we had with friends you only needed a little bit. i hope they enjoyed!

    the bread is extremely moist and doughy. if you like a less doughy (more cake like) banana bread, see day 8. i highly recommend either this one or the recipe in my cookbook.

    second time around on the banana bread and i didn't throw out the aged ingredient which did in fact make this dish that much better! i didn't realize that banana's become more flavorful as they brown and these must have been perfect because i couldn't help but eat half of it in two sittings.  Great stuff!


    1 comment:

    1. Great improvising, sounds delicious. I have also found that bread, brownies & scones are always better the day after you make them. I put ripened bananas in the freezer in their skins. They almost mash themselves once defrosted & taste great in breads.