Super Simple Banana Bread to Make at a Moment's Notice

Take Charge on 11.01.12
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I admit it: I am a horrible baker.

My cookies are usually just a bit overdone and my bars tend to be dry. I have no idea why I’m so bad at baking; I follow recipes religiously and still end up with something that’s not quite right.

Despite my history of pastry failures, I found myself with an overwhelming desire to bake when I was visiting my mom last week. I took a quick inventory of her cupboards and a loop around the Internet and decided to make banana bread. As luck would have it, I realized halfway through the process that I was missing a few ingredients. I committed the ultimate baking sin and improvised.

The results were delicious.

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Super Simple Banana Bread Recipe

(OR: How to Make Banana Bread Without Baking Soda)

Here’s what you’ll need:

3-5 overly ripe bananas
1/3 cup of melted butter
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon of imitation vanilla extract
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1 ½ cups of flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash the bananas, and then add the butter, egg and vanilla extract. Next, add the remaining ingredients. A note about the 3 teaspoons of baking powder: the original recipe called for 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a dash of salt, but my mom was out of baking soda. A web search suggested a 1:3 substitution was possible if I ditched the salt, so that’s what I went with.

When everything is blended into a mixture resembling really chunky tapioca pudding, pour it into a greased loaf pan. I used a generic cooking spray to coat the inside of a 4x8 inch pan.

Cook for one hour.

Remove from pan to cool. Slice, butter, enjoy!

Have you ever made something delicious in spite of yourself?

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