12.14.2011

Banana Bread

11.30.11 

Ever since the unreal banana chocolate chip bread from Levain Bakery back in August, I’ve been yearning to bake banana bread that’s just as moist and delicious. Actually, a couple of months back, I managed to do that (YAY!). And then I lost the recipe. So this is me trying to recapture that! 



All you need to know is that this time, I wasn’t very successful. I used the banana bread recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (the 10th edition from 1989? Older than me!) and just went from there.


I won’t post up the recipe. I’ll do that when I figure out the perfect measurements and all that. Okay, so starting off, I laid out all my ingredients as per usual. Got my flour + baking powder + salt. 



Then the wet ingredients: eggs + banana (that should be much riper) + brown sugar + butter (there’s also vanilla extract). 



Time to mash some bananas!! :D Cooking & baking can be very therapeutic. I mean think about it. You’re chopping vegetables, hacking meat, beating the pulp out of stuff?! I came home last night from my first exam, totally drained. First thing I did was bake a green tea sponge cake. Felt infinitely better. ;) 



I love this little masher! It’s got such a cute & innocent looking face!! 

 

And then you look down. 

Dun dun dunnnn!!!! 



“did I do that?” (Refrain from saying this in Urkel’s voice haha)



Eggs + sugar = fluffy. Add mashed banana. 



Vanilla extract goes in. I don’t remember if the recipe called for this (doubt it) but I decided to try melting the butter before adding it to the batter…(probably where I went wrong haha) The dry (sifted) ingredients go in at the end. Mix it well and there ye go! Banana bread batter. 



It’s thick & lumpy. Good? haha I’ve got some bananas on the counter right now so after my last exam, I’ll be whipping up another banana bread that *fingers crossed* will be the ONE. 



In the oven. There were some problems here. As with anything baked in a loaf pan, you have to be careful since it’s harder for the heat to penetrate the middle compared to if you were to use a regular, 9-inch pan. 



Usually, it turns out alright. This time however, I had let it bake too long before checking on it so it baked rather unevenly. :(  Tasted alright but far from amazing. Oh well. Trial and error I guess! Anyone have an amazing super moist banana bread recipe?! :D

7 comments:

  1. At least it looks good! that's almost half the battle most times.

    And I agree that baking is therapeutic! I used to bake all the time in University, but now that I started work I never have time. I really should make time for it. It makes me so happy to bake!

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