Monday, March 07, 2011

This bread is ba-nanas!


I have been baking lately, y'all. I know, I'm shocked, too. I was on Twitter the other day, and someone mentioned banana bread, and suddenly I HAD TO HAVE SOME. I found a super easy recipe online, hit the store for a few ingredients and set to it.

My first loaf turned out okay- it was bananay and bready, but nothing spectacular. I knew I could do better.

I had been reading about some different ingredient substitutions, including using vanilla yogurt in the place of butter and applesauce in place of egg. I HATE eggs- the whole concept of eating an EGG creeps me out like whoa. (If you have never put that much thought into what an egg really is, I'll leave you to those thoughts now. Enjoy!) So it was back to the store for a doo-dad of little applesauce snack packs and a container of Yoplait French Vanilla. The batter smelled AWESOME and I was super excited.

Except. I was also super dumb.

I have NO IDEA WHY, but I set the oven for 450 instead of 350. Yes, I realize that 450 is a totally absurd temperature. Despite the fact that I never do it, I am actually a darn good cook, so I can't even begin to figure out what I was thinking. (Well, there is the fact that I had just bought a big bottle of grape vodka and was sampling it. So I guess that could explain a lot.)

Anyway, when I came back a while later to check my bread, the outside was nice and toasty while the inside was, as you would expect, squishy city. I tried cooking it a while longer on a lower heat, but the poor bread just couldn't be saved. Alas, poor Loaf #2, we barely knew ye.

This brings us to yesterday. Trip #3 to the grocery store for another thing of yogurt and some more bananas. To avoid the heartbreak of the last loaf, I knocked the temperature down to 325 (instead of 350) and baked it for about a million years. I FINALLY came out with something actually resembling banana bread!! It isn't perfect, but I'm going to settle for it because the alternative is buying bananas every day for the rest of my life until I reach banana bread nirvana and really, that money is better used on coffee.

If you would like to try making this yourself, the recipe I used is here!

Once you have the basic recipe down, you can start getting creative. Try adding:
* 1/2 cup blueberries
*A shot of espresso
*Nuts of your choosing
*Peanut Butter
*Chocolate Chips
*A bit of orange juice
*Cranberries, cranberry juice, or both

One thing I'm curious to try is mixing in a package of hot chocolate mix in place of a little bit of the flour. I'll report back when I finally do!

I like to think my bread would be Rachel Zoe approved.

1 comment:

Erin said...

Haha! I love the "curved yellow fruit" sign.

This sounds like my recent foray into making lemon lava cakes... I ate WAY too much butter that day!