Yes, I like to cook. I just don't like recipes that take forever and have many fussy ingredients.
I've always shied away from Banana Bread, and now that I've broken down and made some, I don't know why.
I love Cavendish bananas and their cousins plantains. I even have a banana tree in the back yard in a tree prison next to the pool. The poor tree is screaming "Free Me! Let me out of this POT!!!" every time I go out back.
I was in the mood to cook yesterday and made a number of strange things, all of which were simple. I knew I wanted some different food and when I was at GFS Marketplace in Fort Lauderdale, I found the ingredients I needed to make them over the week.
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The Banana Bread came around because they had some "perfectly ripe" bananas on sale. A bunch for $1.75. A hand of bananas with speckles that promised sweetness also produces its own problem. You just can't eat seven bananas in two or three days. I could freeze some for later baking or make a pudding out of them but this time I decided to try the banana bread.
The rules were no strange preparation, no strange ingredients and I wanted to try it in the bread machine. I had found a recipe that worked out perfectly. I only mashed the bananas a little because the machine did that for me except one rogue chunk that refused to stay down.
You can't keep a good banana down, apparently.
The recipe was simple:
Toss all the ingredients into the bread machine in order,
Run on Dough cycle for 5 minutes to make sure that the bananas are all mashed and everything is mixed.
Press "Light" for bake setting
Walk away until done.
The ingredients are:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (don't get these two mixed up, I have and it never is pretty)
3/4 cup white sugar
2 bananas peeled and halved lengthwise
That's it! I had a slice this morning with some home churned butter and it was wonderful with the coffee. I'll have to make more once this loaf is done. After all, I still have more bananas and they're not getting any younger!