Banana Bread!

When you see bananas lying in the fruitbowl for a week, and no-one wants to eat them, what do you think? I think, "Make banana bread!" Banana bread is this most awesome food. I think it's more of a cake than bread (maybe a quick-bread).

Anyway, the first time I tasted it was when my brother bought a slice from Gloria Jeans' and I scabbed some (duh). It was really nice (!!) so naturally I went home and researched how to make it. Here's a recipe I found (from the doods at SimplyRecipes) that makes a pretty nice banana bread:

RECIPE - Banana Bread:

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas; mashed
  • 1/3 cup butter; melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda/powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup of plain flour

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F for you imperial dopes) and grease a loaf pan. Mash the bananas with a potato masher (or fork; its better to use old bananas, like REALLY old, black and oozy. They're sweeter and softer.) With a wooden spoon, mix the melted butter into the bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last and mix. Pour mixture into the pan and bake for 1 hour (don't open oven halfway!! I know, it smells SO good!) Cool loaf on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve: