A Sarcastic Appetite

Old School Banana Bread
April 29, 2009, 11:14 pm
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It was the first thing I remember baking on my own. I was in middle school, and it was a definite departure from boxed brownie mixes, and certainly a step up. At the time, I remember also being drawn to the recipe because it was something I remembered remembering as a child – as convoluted as that sounds. These days, the thought of my 13 year old self channeling my 6 year old self is downright terrifying. Regardless, the bread stands up to the test of time, though I don’t own a toaster oven and therefore can’t enjoy a toasted slice slathered in butter. But it’s almost as delicious at room temperature anyway. Just let the butter sit out to soften for a bit, so it spreads more easily…

Banana Bread

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

Have all ingredients at room temperature (let them sit out for 30 minutes) before you begin.

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 c. sugar

3/4 stick butter, softened

2 large eggs, beaten

3 overripe bananas

1/4 c. half-and-half (or cream, or milk)

Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl. In a large bowl, beat the sugar and softened butter until creamy. Beat in the eggs and bananas, mashing them if necessary. Add the dry ingredients in just two batches, adding the half-and-half in between. Pour the batter into the pan and bake, about an hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center is just about clean. Try to cool slightly before unmolding, or just go at it. Remember about softening that butter beforehand, though, if you can.

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