What do you do with on-their-way-out bananas? Surprise your husband and make banana bread, of course. I think baking might be winning my favor. I still love to cook, but on a night when I had no will to make dinner, I found myself elbow-deep in measuring cups and flour. Or maybe it’s because banana bread is that easy. Little work to create something very satisfying. Here’s the recipe I used from the J of C:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Beat until creamy (I use a hand-mixer):
2/3 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter, softened (I melt mine in the microwave and it works just fine)
3/4 tsp lemon zest
1 to 2 eggs, beaten
2 or 3 mashed bananas
(I used 2 eggs and 2 bananas, because that’s what I had)
Lucky for me, I also had some leftover walnuts from this bread, so I added:
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Place batter into greased loaf-pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 F, or until a toothpick test comes out clean. Cool slightly, then unmold. Cool completely before slicing.
H arrived home to bread baking in the oven and a relaxed wife. Sometimes carbs, by way of creating, really do the trick. So if you have 30 minutes, and need to unwind, I suggest this recipe. Enjoy!