Banana Bread with add-ins

I’m not a fan of bananas, and generally having a strong banana taste in food items.  Why would someone have a banana smoothie? Banana ice cream?? No thank you.  Even getting myself to eat a banana is a task that takes about 10 minutes long.  One bite, chew, swallow forcefully and continue.  I used to force myself to eat them for health reasons.  Now I’ll just stick them in a smoothie with MANY other delicious ingredients to hide the taste.

However, ironically, I do like some desserts with bananas.  By some, I mean banoffee pie.  Mainly because of the caramel/dulce de leech flavoring and the crust.

And then there is banana bread. I do love banana bread.  Odd given that banana is one of the main ingredients, but everything else combined subdues the strong flavor.  I also make sure to mash up the bananas enough (no chunks please!).   I also believe that one of the reasons I’m happy with banana bread is because I always add in other flavors, like chocolate, peanut butter or nuts.  So clearly I’m just masking the actual banana part…

As usual, the banana bread making process comes as a result of having overly ripe bananas that need to be consumed immediately.  This happened last Thursday.  My dad was in town for the weekend, so I wanted to keep spoiling him with food.  He mentioned the bananas were going going gone, so while he napped, I got up and immediately started the baking process.  What a lucky man, he gets to nap and when he wakes up – FRESH banana bread!

So admittedly, while most banana bread recipes call for 3 bananas, I only use 2.  Once again, the less banana emphasis, the better.  At least for me.  Feel free to add more bananas if you choose.

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Recipe a la Ayla:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 bananas – very ripe
1/4 cup of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Additional: Chocolate chips and nuts (walnuts, pecans, whatever you want)

Method:

Oven at 175 Celsius.

So I’m more of a using one bowl type of girl.

Melt the butter, put that in the bowl and whisk with sugar.  Add the eggs, one at a time and whisk some more.

Then add in the milk and vanilla.  Whisk.  Add in the mashed bananas, and keep whisking. Then I add in the baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix it around.   Finally, add in the flour and combine.

Lastly – if you want, add in whatever else you want.  Chocolate or nuts generally are the best combination!

I use a loaf pan, which has been buttered.  Then pour in the batter and bake for 55 minutes.    Cool, remove and eat.

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