Here is a surprisingly fast and simple way to use those over ripe bananas that you may find lying around the kitchen from time to time. These over ripe bananas are best to use for banana bread. The yellow peels should be at least half brown and the inside of the bananas should be squishy and browning. No fancy equipment is needed, just a potato masher or fork would do to mash the bananas. Clean up is a breeze as one mixing bowl is all that you will need.
Estimated preparation time: 10 minutes
Estimated cook time: 55 minutes
Ready in 65 minutes
Making banana bread
2 to 3 very ripe bananas, peeled
1/3 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you would like it less sweet, 1 cup if more sweet)
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and butter a 5×9-inch loaf pan.
In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth.
Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
Mix in the baking soda and salt.
Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract.
Mix in the flour.
Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan.
Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester that is inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack.
Remove the banana bread from the pan.
Slice and serve.
Nuts, peanut butter and chocolate chips
Banana bread can be eaten on its own, toasted with butter or even with a slice of your favorite cheese. You can also be creative by adding chopped nuts to make banana nut bread, or peanut butter to make peanut butter banana bread or even chocolate chips. The sky is the limit, happy baking.
March 2017 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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