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Banana Bread

April 13, 2011

I won’t deny, I didn’t invent this recipe.  It is the famous Betty Crocker banana bread, also called banana cake.  Whatever you want to call it, it is nothing but comfort.  The smell of the bread during baking time is homey and comforting.  Your whole house will feel and smell sweet.  Home, sweet home.  The texture of this bread is also unique.  While I have gotten all sorts of questions regarding the short black strands appearing inside the bread, including “Is this chocolate?” or “Did you put fibers in the cake?” (I didn’t know one could put fibers in a cake), this actually comes from the broken string that holds a banana together lengthwise through the center.  The surface of the bread has a fine caramelized-by-default effect stemming from the sugar, butter and flour mixture.

To start out, get the following out on your countertop:

  • 1.25 cups sugar
  • 0.5 cup/125g butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups mashed brown bananas (3 large)
  • 0.5 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup nuts or chocolate chips (optional)

Mix softened butter and sugar well.  Blend in eggs, add bananas, milk and vanilla stirring well.  Then add your flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir gently until absorbed.  Feel free to mix in some walnuts or chocolate chips.  I omit this as I prefer the natural taste of bananas in the cake.  Pour into greased pan and bake on 180C/350F about an hour or until golden brown.  Mmmmmmm.

If you need to reward yourself for a hard day of work or would like to spoil your kids, you can continue the extravaganza with spreading butter or chocolate on a piece of the bread.

Into the Banana Bread Ravines:

Let’s take a journey to the banana bread mountain and discover its peaks and plains!

If you’re baking yours in a long rectangular pan, the pattern of crust cracking will most likely appear like a straight road with minor cracks and small ravines.  Let’s take a closer look.
 But if you decide to use a round pan, the ride will be less predictable and you might get an earth-shattering experience… deep ravines, groovy turns and a high, insurmountable peak!  Climbers, see it for yourselves:
  1. Geddes permalink

    It looks amazing!!!! I think I won’t have the choice but to try and bake it myself otherwise someone you know will be very unhappy;-)

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