Super Simple Banana Bread to Make at a Moment's Notice
Photos: Britt Reints
I admit it: I am a horrible baker.
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.
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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