Banana bread

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Ah yes, my banana bread. For those of you who have had the good fortune to taste it, this is my signature baked good. It’s better than good actually, it’s my signature baked BEST. If a war was waged over Helen of Troy, then my banana bread is the Helen of Troy of all banana breads. Men and women alike have all fallen under its spell. That being said, if you like your banana bread light and simple, this isn’t it. My banana bread is full of the flavours of chocolate, nuts, warm, ripe bananas, cinnamon, vanilla, and lots of butter…

Okay, okay, enough with the food porn. This recipe makes 2 loaves, but because I make banana bread solely for the purpose of gifting it, I usually double it. Yes, that’s the irony. I know that my banana bread is awesome sauce, but I myself do not have a big sweet tooth. I always make it to give away as a thank you, as a I-Like-You-As-A-Person gift, or sometimes as an irresistible bribe (evil laugh). The people in my life are very important to me, and I believe that in all relationships, there should be a healthy give-and-take, and that each person must put effort into maintaining the relationship, as well as bring something to the table. Wow I sound like Dr Phil. Cheesiness aside, one of the things I can sure as hell do is cook my little heart out, and so I definitely do this quite a bit! I like knowing that the time and effort I took to make something yummy is being appreciated by someone I like. Sometimes making someone happy just makes you happy, okay? On this particular occasion, I had a lot of love to spread around, so I became VERY ambitious and tripled the recipe, thereby making… 6 loaves.Count them… There are 4 in the pic, 2 in the oven!

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I don’t know if you’ve ever baked for 4hrs, but it was quite the task! My arm was sore from stirring copious amounts of batter the next day, and none of my bowls fit all the batter, so I had to stir it in my biggest pot! At least my place smelt amazing afterwards! Here is the recipe for 2 loaves… Multiply as you wish!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups mashed overripe bananas
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract

Alright, so FIRST OF ALL, make sure that your bananas are reaaaally ripe. Like almost-black-ripe. This is secret#1. Okay? Okay. I like to buy extra hands of bananas, wait till they’re ripe, and then peel and freeze them in chunks for easy use. That way you don’t have to do what I did this time, and tell everyone you’re making them banana bread, then force them to wait a week in agony, because “the bananas aren’t ripe yet…” Also, secret #2: before using the walnuts, toast them a bit in the oven. They’ll taste so much better.

Preheat oven to 350C. Grease two loaf pans, and coat with flour.

Beat butter and sugar till pale in colour. I really do not recommend doing this manually. Mash your bananas, and add them to the butter/sugar together with the eggs, vanilla, walnuts, chocolate chips.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add the dry to the wet (never understood why recipes always make you add wet to dry, thereby dirtying another bowl with goo). Mix.

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Divide into the two loaf pans. Bake for 1hr.  I always check mine after 50min because there’s nothing worse than dry banana bread. No wait. Dry brownies are much worse. Never mind!

ENJOY. I can’t believe I gave away my secret recipe online on my blog to the best banana bread ever, but food is meant to be shared! Oh and also, secret #3: let it sit for a day or two and all the flavours will intensify.

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