Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ghost's Kitchen: Banana Bread

What's cooking today?
Banana Bread

Hello everyone and welcome to another segment of...

(Please note: This was originally intended for Christmas but I decided to shorten my posts for the year making it not even Halloween yet.  I don't want to modify what I wrote so.. yeah.)

Christmas is just around the corner.  For some reason when Christmastime rolls around, this country's quota on baked goods increases exponentially.  I'm not sure what it is about this time of year that makes us see in onslaught of strange breads, elaborate cookies, and diabetes-inducing desserts...but I love it!

I have honestly never been that much of a baker or big on doing baking in general.  I dislike the precise nature that many baked goods requires.  Maybe it's the instant association with chemistry that just rubs me the wrong way.  I prefer being able to change things on the fly and come up with a good produce in the end regardless.  So, when my wife decided that we should make some banana bread to utilize the ripe bananas that were going to go bad soon I was not thrilled whatsoever.  However, the end result was so good I decided to cover it here for each of you.

Gather Your Ingredients
  • 2-3 ripe bananas (over half brown peels are generally best)
  • 1/3rd cup melted butter (This is equal to 5 tbsp stick butter)
  • 3/4th cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (plus a little more)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Mixing bowl
  • Fork
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 2 Bowls and Knife (to melt butter and beat egg)
  • 4X8 Loaf Pan (5X9 is also acceptable)

1. Preheat Oven to 350°F

2. Grease Pan
Make sure you have sprayed every interior surface of the loaf pan.




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Tip
If you want to make sure that your bread does not stick to the pan then you will want to do the following.

Take a few pinches of flour and dust the inside of the pan


Stop adding flour when there's a decent coat on the inside such as this.

Now head over to the trash can or sink and turn the pan upside down.  Smack the pan a little bit so that the excess four goes away.

You should be left with just a little bit of flour all over.
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3. Peel Bananas, Start Mashing
You will want to use 2-3 bananas (we used 2 1/2.)  Peel the bananas and place them in a mixing bowl.  With a fork, start mashing the bananas.

4. When Smooth, Stop Mashing
When the bananas get as smooth of a consistency as you possibly can, you may stop mashing.

5. Melt Butter
Cut 5 tablespoons of stick butter and place it into a bowl.  Microwave it for 30 seconds to a minute until fully melted.





6.  Mix in Melted Butter
Add the melted butter to the banana mash and mix.

7.  Mix in the pinch of salt and teaspoon of baking soda

8. Beat an Egg in another bowl


9. Add egg, sugar, and vanilla extract to the mixture.

10. Whisk in flour
You will want to change to a whisk to make things easier.  Continue mixing until the mixture is uniform.

11. Pour mixture into pan

12. Bake for 50 minutes - 1 hour
Start checking at the 50 minute mark because that's as long as it took ours

13. Allow to cool

14. Remove from pan, cut and enjoy!

That's all there is to it!  I was honestly surprised by how good this actually was.  I took pictures in the random off-chance that this might just be ok, but it actually turned out to be really fantastic!  This is something that will be made in our house every time we have bananas getting a little too ripe.  Hopefully this will be something you can make or even give as a Christmas Gift to someone.  Enjoy!

This is Ghost fading into the darkness.
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