At the request of my Hot Husband and dearest teens I baked a yummy loaf of banana bread yesterday. Maybe I was persuaded by the amount of disgustingly over-ripe-and-practically-dripping-with-mold bananas that I had in my house. Yes, banana bread is so much better when you add bananas that have practically liquefied on the countertop.
It takes me less time to make banana bread than it does to make my bed in the morning. I have made it that many times. I have to say that it does come out better tasting than any banana bread I have ever tasted. Sometimes when I make it I try to add a little surprise for my family...something extra that peaks their interest. Yesterday it would be little tiny chunks of semi-sweet chocolate inside. Mmmmmmmmm.
I timed it really nicely. It finished baking just after dinner so as to ensure my family a really nice dessert. I took the bread out of the oven and placed it on the counter to cool. I then walked away to do a few things in the office while the bread cooled. The rest of the gang sat in the living room letting the meal rest in their stomachs. About 10 minutes later I returned from the office to the kitchen.
I came back to the counter and found the bread gone. Literally gone with a few crumbs sprinkled around. I turned to everyone ready to shout "OK I admit it..we have ants. But I didn't realize there were THAT many to have eaten this bread so fast." But as I got closer to the living room I looked at their faces and noticed everyone was licking chocolate off their lips and sprinkling the crumbs off their shirts. It was then that I realized that I DO have ants...they come by the ages of 40, 14, 12, 4, and 2. And I love them all.
There are no better words that can express to a cook how much you enjoy their food than watching the aftermath of the eating process. I suspect I will be making banana bread for a very long time to come.
Basic Yummy Banana Bread
3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup of flour
Chocolate chips, nuts or anything to add extra yummy flavor
No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.