Simple Banana Bread
When the bananas become overripe, many of us chuck them out to the trash. I know some people would attempt to add that to the compost pile. For me, the best way is to turn them into banana bread. This past weekend offered that opportunity and I was able to get the toddler involved. I haven't made banana bread in a while, so it was good to look up some things again.
The bottom line is, I was able to nail two birds with one stone. Found a nice activity for the kid and make use of food items I would have thrown away otherwise.
I found a simple recipe online at: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/
It's kind of funny the website is literally called Simply Recipes.
If you cannot access the site, here are the ingredient lists and directions:
I was glad I went for 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup. The resulting bread was definitely more in line with what I would prefer. Instead of using a whisk or fork, I decided to improvise with a potato masher. I was too lazy to get another cookware dirty after mashing the bananas.
While the recipe called for a 4x8 pan, the 5x9 worked fine as it did. I put the bread in the oven for 1 hour and let it sit for 10 minutes afterwards. It passed the toothpick test on the first try.
As much as my son enjoyed the cooking process, he didn't eat much of the bread. It's all right, the bread became afternoon snack with tea and whatnot for the adults of the family.
According to the source of the recipe, it works for muffins as well. I may experiment with it a little bit in the future. The entire process wouldn't take more than 2 hours, so it's pretty easy to blend it into the schedule.
My mom couldn't read, my dad use to say when he married her she couldn't boil water, lol. So needless to say I was no cook myself. It's a wonder my kids survived me. I was determined though and ended up eventually perfecting some great cookies, banana bread that was a whole different story. My first try you could have knocked someone out cold with it, would have made a great football. (Those events could have been visa versa, can't quite remember) The second time I cut it open and the inside ran out...lol. Finally a friend of mine's mom gave me a recipe, she told me my problem was making to big of loafs so I bought a small loaf pan and finally achieved making a great banana bread. I make a great pumpkin bread also, those you can make using the larger pans and I can't get past a holiday without baking a couple loaves for everyone. Once I lost the recipe for it and asked around on a site that posted recipes and a lady found it for me, that 2/3's cup water you add slowly while mixing your wet and dry ingredients makes the loaf nice and moist. I just couldn't remember how much water to use.
Interesting. I did not add extra water for this particular recipe. The consistency seemed all right.
Hmm, might be worth looking around the net.
The water was for the pumpkin bread recipe. I was though a bit surprised at the options given to add or substract the amount of sugar in your recipe. They say, and I've found out via trial and errors, that baking is an art. Rachael Ray likes to joke...an art that requires exact measurements. She says she's never been one to excel at baking because she grew up under throw in a pinch of this or a pinch of that. lol.
Over ripe bananas can be spread onto bread to make sandwiches. This was quite common amongst the working class for whom bananas were an expensive treat and not to be wasted!
Nice looking cake. Nailed it :-)
It turned out better than I had expected.
Oh, yum! I haven't had banana bread in a while, so I might have to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing! 😋
It's good stuff!
Great way to reduce the waste.
I loved it
We all can do our little help to save Mother Earth
Thanks a lot for sharing
I don’t think bananas are hard to decompose, but I would rather not waste food.
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I am not a fan of banana flavored stuff. I can eat bananas raw though. This looks like it turned out really amazing even though it isn't something I would probably eat. Great post!
I’m generally not too into the flavoured stuff too, but this is much better than cherry-flavoured stuff.
I do the same thing with over ripe bananas. The only thing i do differently is i use honey as my sweetener instead of sugar.
How much honey do you use?
I don’t like it overly sweet. I use 3 TBSP of organic raw honey.
I'll keep that number in mind. Thanks!
Let me know how you like it.👍
I love banana bread, it was only a few years ago I realized how easy it was to make.
Yeah, it was so easy the toddler helped measure everything and putting ingredients in the bowl.
Looks delicious. My mom has a banana roll recipe that's to die for. So many Sundays growing up I looked forward to banana rolls.
You inspired me to do a post about deserts.
Glad to be of inspiration.