Hey, Apple! Yes, you… You red, round, delicious thing. You’re going to have to take a back seat for a moment. That’s right, I said it, you need to take the back seat. Why? Because I’m about to fill the room with the delectable aroma of Banana Bread. Yep, the banana is in the spotlight today. Nothing quite fills the home with a more inviting sense of warmth and coziness quite like banana bread… and it is also one of the easiest baked goods to make from scratch.
Everyone goes through bouts of healthiness, or just grabs a bunch of bananas on impulse at the grocery store, only to forget about them entirely until they’ve turned black and are completely mushy. Don’t throw those bananas away! Although they may be slightly disgusting to eat on their own, those blackened, over-ripe bananas are absolutely perfect for banana bread. Simply peel the bananas and put them all in a bowl, mash them up, and you have the bananas for your banana bread! Now all you need to do is gather a few other ingredients, most, if not all, of which you probably already have in your kitchen.
You’ll need 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, ¼ teaspoon of salt, ½ cup of butter, ¾ cup brown sugar, and 2 eggs, beaten, along with the bunch of mashed bananas. Remember, the bananas must be overripe or they will not make the bread as moist and delicious as it could be.
Preheat your oven to 350°F (or for those of you in Celsius land, 175°C) and lightly grease a loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Next, stir in the eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.
Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture, just to moisten. If you like, add a pinch of cinnamon to the mix. Then pour the batter into your loaf pan.
Bake in your preheated oven for 60-65 minutes until the top of the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
While you are waiting for your banana bread to bake, stir together ½ cup of softened butter and ½ cup of honey with ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon to create a delicious honey butter. Blend until smooth, and spread onto your sliced banana bread while it is still warm.
Now, aren’t you proud of yourself? You’ve not only baked a scrumptious loaf of banana bread with your old bananas, but created a lovely fragranced environment in your home. Don’t be surprised when everyone in the house is drawn to the kitchen by the mouth-watering aroma of the baking banana bread, and be prepared to buy more bananas to ripen in your kitchen, because this is sure to become a household favorite!