I made bread for the first time this weekend:
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Makes: one 9 x 5 loaf
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup unsalted butter
4 ripe bananas
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions: (see below for step-by-step pictures)
1. Grease or flour a 9.25 x 5. 25 x 2.75 inch pan. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In one bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon.
3. In separate bowl, beat eggs.
4. In separate bowl, mash bananas.
5. Mix in beaten eggs, mashed bananas, vanilla, and melted butter. Stir in nuts or chocolate chips if desired. Pour into pan.
6. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour.
Okay so, let’s back up. Why did I decide to do all this cooking with bananas? Because my friend had approximately a dozen bananas in imminent danger of going bad.
So instead of letting them go to waste, we decided to make both bread and cookies.
Here is the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon together in the bowl.
Beating the egg in a separate bowl. Playing Michael Jackson’s Beat It in the background may facilitate the process.
This is with the beaten eggs and melted butter added in.
Denuded bananas in a bowl. Don’t be too concerned if there are some brown spots.
Mush! You want this kind of consistency before you mix it with everything else. ♪ Mush it good….mush it real good. ♪
Here is everything all mixed in together.
Here is the mix poured into the pan. It should reach a little over half way.
Fast forward an hour…
Oh baby! Fresh out of the oven! Protip: dancing around in front of the oven does not make it bake any faster. I have empirical evidence to support this claim.
Here are the two banana bread loaves (one with chocolate chips, one without) that we made.
So even after all that bread, we had bananas left over! So I headed over to Yummly and searched for a good cookie recipe. I found this awesome recipe, a four ingredient (you read that correctly) recipe for banana s’mores cookies. I was a little skeptical and was concerned that only four ingredients would make a kitchen fire instead of a cookie (especially with me at the helm), but it worked really well!
The directions are super easy to follow! Here are all the ingredients mixed together.
It makes about eight cookies. Here is the mix divided into little cookie lumps.
After baking! The cookies were wee bit difficult to get off of the cookie sheet because they had leaked some banana juice, but they were delicious!
Cookies meeting the bread! So there you have it. If you ever find yourself with an excess of ripe bananas, here are two very easy and fun recipes to make yourself some banana treats!