Sunday, December 28, 2014

Not Dead Yet !

It's almost six months now since my last blog - see what FaceBook does to you?

Anyway, here are some pictures and my wife's recipe for Banana bread. I made it under her instruction last night and, as it came out well, again this evening. This time it has some nuts in it too!

1.75 cups of all-purpose Flour1.25 teaspoons of Baking PowderHalf a teaspoon of Baking Soda
Two-thirds of a Cup SugarOne-third of a cup of Butter2 Eggs
2 tablespoons (1 oz) Milk1 cup mashed BananasQuarter cup of chopped nuts

 Here's a shot of the bananas as they were before starting. As you can see, they're pretty black and soft!
So I peeled each one and removed all the black flesh, all the decayed-looking flesh, etc., and still ended up with a deent amount from each one (except one, which was a complete write-off!).

You can see the result here on the right.

The rest of the ingredients are here: eggs and milk in the load pan, sugar, baking powder and soda, and flour. The butter waits in the mixing bowl.

  1. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. Use a fork to mash and mix the bananas. Continue until as many of the lumps as possibly have been removed - probably at least five minutes.
  3. Use a fork to mix the sugar and butter together, continuing to mix and cream the mixture for three or four minutes.
  4. Add an egg and beat it in; add the milk and mix it in, and add the other egg and beat that in well too. The mixture should be smooth and creamy to the eye.
  5. Alternately add some flour and some banana, mixing them well in to the mixture. 
  6. Add the nuts and fold them in to the mixture.
  7. Grease a loaf pan (8" x 4" x 2" is about right) (use the paper wrapper from the butter or two or three squirts of Pam-equivalent).
  8. Pour the mixture in to the loaf pan. Smooth it out, and tease it up somewhat at the corners.
  9. Bake at 350F for an hour.
Let it cool before shaking it out of the loaf pan. Enjoy!!


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