banana bread

It’s well known amongst my friends and family and, well, roommates, that I, in general, abhor bananas. I walk into a room, ask “Who the hell at the banana?!”, and the poor potassium-loving soul meekly steps up. “I did.. but it was 12 hours ago! And I threw the peel in the trash outside!”

That’s right. I’m like a drug sniffing dog. But for bananas. I can’t help it; they have such a strong, distinct smell, one that I learned to hate a long, long time ago. But, thing is, I love banana bread. Looove it. Last night, my mother pointed to a pile of quickly blackening bananas and said, “Make banana bread. If you can stand it.” She then disappeared, all Batman-like, and left me with a dilemma. Could I suck it up and peel those things, actually work with them, all to make something that ends up delicious? After about an hour (i.e. three minutes) of meditation on the subject, I came to the conclusion: Yes. Yes, I could.

I picked up those bumblebee-inspired sticks of fruit with a crumpled look on my face. ‘You, evil, evil things,’ I thought to them, knowing my thoughts would be transferred telepathically to the devil’s fruit. Placed them on the counter, backed away, and stared at them suspiciously. Could I do it? I.. I.. I’m stronger than this! I can do it! I have defeated satan!

Except then I had to go to youtube to figure out how to peel them. Seriously. And when most of the videos were “how to peel a banana like a monkey”, I realized how stupid I was being and went all monkey on those things. ‘If a monkey can do it, why can’t I?’, I told myself. Luckily, I peeled those babies just fine and felt proud of myself for doing one of the things most humans learn within their first few years of life.

I started mashing and realized, ‘Hey, this isn’t that bad. Not nearly as bad as I remembered..’, and I blame this on Adam Roberts’ post on the banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery that actually looked.. good. Before I’d started mashing, I looked with hesitation at the unpeeled bananas and considered actually trying one.. but I didn’t. Maybe next time, Bananas of the World.

Sorry.

The most fun, however, came when I was adding flour to the batter, while rocking out to some Dodos or Animal Collective or Al Green, of course, and suddenly thought, ‘Oh god. Did I add three 1/2 cups of flour to the batter? It looks awfully thin.. Did I only add two? Ohhhh god. Should I add more? No, that’s a stupid idea. I know I added two half teaspoons of baking soda, so I must be on top of it, right? Adding the right amount of halves of things to suit the recipe, right? Right.. OK.. Caution to the wind.. Pouring this baby in the pan.. Hoping I don’t totally fail and have to go door-to-door asking if anyone happens to have four overripe bananas I could borrow, just so I don’t look like a failure to my mother..’

But guess what? I was right! I did add three 1/2 cups of flour, equaling the called-for 1 1/2 cups in the recipe. And guess what? The bread is awesome. Seriously amazing. I even packaged up a couple slices for poor microwave-lighting, cooking-inept (so far) Dan from my post about chicken soup chicken in some parchment paper and tied it up with some cooking string and, get this: these awesome, personalized “from the kitchen of” tags my mother got me for Valentine’s Day:

I even have a stamp! How awesome is that?!

Anyway, here’s what I have to say. Try this. It rules. It’s moist and flavorful, with a nice, subtle crunch coming from the walnuts I added. And it’s a great way to use up any overripe bananas you’ve got laying around, and, in my case, any leftover walnuts after my making my awesome lemon artichoke pesto. Nom.

Banana [Nut] Bread
Adapted from this recipe (I added three handfuls of walnuts, crushed to manageable size in a ziploc bag attacked by a rolling pin)

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4 bananas, finely crushed
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. Cream together butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs and crushed bananas. Combine well.
3. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla. (At this point, I added the walnuts)
4. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

Keeps well, refrigerated.

About theStylistQuo

I'm a twentysomething living in Memphis, TN committed to the idea that we've lost the art of living. I'm here to help you bring it back! I adore food and entertaining, classic style steeped in a little bit of trendiness, and traveling. I'd be delighted to show you how to prepare the very best filet mignon, style trends in a way that won't make you groan when you see photos in ten years, and create the perfect playlist to set the mood for a party. I am the Stylist Quo. This is my answer to the lost art of living; this is my idea of how to bring style into every crevice of your life.
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4 Responses to banana bread

  1. Dan says:

    Absolutely delicious. I’m not one for hyperbole, but your banana nut bread is the greatest culinary creation in the history of Earth. Though I’m pretty sure if I tried to make it myself I would end up burning down half the city. Thanks for the treat to lessen the horrors of tax season, and yes I was very impressed with the tag.

    • legallyeating says:

      although i know this is banana bread-tax, i’m very pleased with this comment, and i’m happy to have a reason to bake stuff and put tags on it. also very impressed that you apparently shared with mike (from whom i’m also expecting a comment). comments, people! comments! you should pint night it up with my friend and me (and convince me to shell out 18 bucks for the membership thing); we always bring baked goods.

      seriously, though. last week there was banana bread.. the week before.. cookies. we crazy.

  2. Dan says:

    To be fair, I only gave Mike a tiny sliver, but even that was enough to make him temporarily forget about all things tax. Then I got jealous of his piece and ate the rest of mine. Not too good with portion control.

    And could there be a better combination than beer and baked goods? The very thought is making me want to pay $18 to join the club, and I’m already a member. Well, back to taxes. If only Mike hadn’t eaten all the banana nut bread. Damn him!

  3. Mike says:

    Larger samples, please send larger samples. Your food and your reputation are going places. Thank you for your generosity!

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