“C is for cookie. That’s good enough for me.” ~Cookie Monster
There are a couple of tricks to banana bread. One is not to over-stir the batter. Mix it until the ingredients are roughly combined but not quite uniform. We are going for a chunky batter here, not a fine paste. Another is to place the oven rack higher up in the oven so that the middle cooks before the bottom gets overcooked. These two tips will help you to turn out a nice moist banana bread, but the real trick to Awesome Banana Bread is the secret ingredient.
3 tbsp butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 overripe bananas (size determines how much flour)
2 tbsp molasses
1-2 cups of flour (usually one and a half or so)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
Secret Ingredient: 1/2 cup of peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream the butter, sugar and peanut butter, and mix in the bananas, molasses and eggs until smooth.
Mix together the flour, baking powder and baking soda and add to wet ingredients. This will form a thick sticky batter.
Stir until contents are mixed but a little rough and pour into a greased loaf pan.
Bake for one hour or until done. Test by inserting a toothpick. When it comes out clean, it’s cooked.
Let pan cool for five minutes and then remove the loaf. Set it on a cooling rack or cutting board. Guard it with your life for another fifteen minutes or so. (use mace, cattle prod, cast iron frying pan to keep kids, husbands, wives and other miscellaneous house guests away)
Serve warm or cool.
“Baking is like washing–the results are equally temporary.” ~Patricia Briggs, Raven’s Shadow