Saturday, February 21, 2009
Channeling my inner Martha
I had to get up way too early this morning for a call with my good friend and fellow blogger, Leslie of my Chicaboom, who happens to be on the east coast. It was 6:15 a.m. (on a Saturday I might add) so I made sure to have coffee ready before I dialed. And then I had a realization: at such an early hour (did I mention it was Saturday?!) I simply couldn't think clearly until I knew that I had baked goods available! I had to have my carbs at the ready before I could talk shop. Sigh. So, with very little brain power available, I reached for my trusty banana bread recipe. This is one of my favorites, because it uses very few ingredients, mixes up quickly, and is flexible.
Here is my recipe, modified from The Joy of Cooking:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix 2 eggs, 5 T canola oil (or butter) and a scant 1/3 c. sugar in a bowl. Add 1 c. mashed banana (or a combination of banana, applesauce, plain yogurt — whatever you have available). Add 1 1/3 c. flour (I usually use half white and half whole wheat, although today I forgot and did all whole wheat). Add 3/4 t. salt, 1/2 t. baking soda, and 1/4 t. baking powder. Mix together. Add in 1/2 c. walnut (optonal). Bake for 45-55 minutes.