Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bring on the Banana Bread

Banana Bread has always been one of my favorite quick bakes. It comes out moist, is not overly sweet, and tastes great warm or cold.

When two friends of mine were leaving the area, I wanted to make something special. However, our schedule did not allow me to host them for a nice dinner. Instead they swung by for an hour to hang out. Since I had some banana turning black, I thought banana bread was the perfect fast item to serve. I had just enough time to make it, so that when they arrived, I could serve up fresh-baked Banana Bread with Vanilla Ice Cream. Who wouldn't want to eat this?

In my attempt to rush all the ingredients together, I noticed that my oven was not preheating correctly. Evidently, there was something wrong with my oven and I quickly realized to my dismay that this was my first oven project since I've moved in to my new place. Duh--the oven was broken! But I was so determined to bake those banana loaves that I was ready to jump into the car and break into my parents house to bake these up, or "borrow" my neighbors oven. However, just as I was ready to put on those shoes, my little Black & Decker Toaster Oven was looking to innocently at me. Yep--it was the Black & Decker Toast Oven that saved my day. I "heart" you, lil Toaster Oven!

So this post is in honor of my friend, Karin, who will hopefully be able to make this in a real oven, with a little less crust on the banana bread ;)

Banana Bread

I made this recipe last week again (in a real oven) and here are my thoughts:
The banana bread came out moist and was just right with the sweetness level. I cut the sugar by 1/4 c, since ripe bananas are generally already very sweet. The bread also came out on the denser side, was less fluffy from another recipe that I have made in the past. This banana bread lack the height that my other recipe has, but the dense, short piece of banana bread seemed to complement the vanilla ice cream.

Banana Bread
adapted from Allrecipes.com, "Banana Bread I"

Ingredients:
* vegetable shortening, for greasing pans
* 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour (non-bleached)
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 3/4 c sugar
* 2 eggs
* 1/4 c butter, softened (equal to 1/2 stick butter)
* 3 overripe bananas
* milk (optional)

Directions:
01. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
02. Grease two 7x3 loaf pans.
03. Sift flour, salt, baking soda.
04. Place butter and sugar into a mixing bowl; cream butter with sugar on low speed.
05. Add one egg at a time, while mixing on low speed.
06. Mash bananas with a fork in a separate bowl.
07. Add milk, if the bananas are not ripe enough. The consistency should be mushy banana pieces and a little liquidy.
08. Add bananas to the mixing bowl; mix on low speed.
09. Add dry ingredient slowly to mixture; mix on low speed.
10. Once everything is incorporated, mix on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes.
11. Split the batter into both pans evenly.
12. Bake for 35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out cleanly.
13. Remove pans from oven, and let stand for 10 minutes.
14. Remove from pans, and serve immediately.

Banana bread can keep up to one week, unrefrigerated. Just wrap it well in plastic wrap to keep it from drying out.
Banana bread can easily keep up to six months in the freezer. Just wrap it well in plastic wrap and place it into a freezer Zip-lock bag.

6 comments:

Karin said...

Thanks a lot, Ren-Yi. I really hope mine will turn out to be as delicious as yours. I'll think of you while eating... ;-) Take care!

lalybi said...

Ah, nice, warm banana bread...gotta love it! Unless of course you have a weird fiance that doesn't like anything straight out of the oven! But, I'll have to try your recipe, sounds delicious and I haven't had some in a while.

Serendipity said...

YUM!!!

Passionate Eater said...

Oh no, I am sad to hear that your oven was broken, but glad to hear that you used a fantastic, life-saving alternative, your toaster oven!

xnsn said...

Hey!! I didn't know you had a food blog. The banana bread looks delicious. I was just thinking earlier what to do with old bananas. Keep in touch!
-sy

rlo said...

thank you all for your comments!

karin i hope you were able to make tons of it while abroad. every time i made it was thinking of you & konrad.

lalybi how does marmon not love freshly baked cakes, cupcakes, and breads? try pizza. no boy can turn down a delicious pizza

hello, Serendipity. thank you for your encouraging comment :)

amazing how a little out of the box thinking can go miles and miles, Passionate Eater. I hope you don't mind, but i love your idea of "engaging" your readership. so i'd love to steal that idea ... ;)

xnsn i haven't been very diligent in posting. should be getting better soon. your blog is really fun to follow. keep up the good work! when you posting about your banana bread adventure?

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