Last weekend, as I was cleaning up the kitchen, I found 2 rather lonely overripe bananas still sitting in the fruit bow. They were beyond the grab and go state, looking rather pathetic. I thought how can I breathe new life into this fruit giving it meaningful purpose. Well, perhaps it wasn't that spiritual and more like a challenge to see how far I could really make my pennies stretch . . . and it came to me Banana Bread! Ok, so not a stroke of genius but who doesn't love a fresh, warm, homemade loft of banana bread?
I found a simple recipe on Genius Kitchen and I was off to the banana bread races! This recipe had been rated 5 stars by over 1,200 people, so I figured it was definitely worth trying. It was super easy and simple and all the ingredients were easy household staples. I substituted 1 C of granulated sugar for 1 C of brown sugar thinking it would add a scrumptious hint of molasses flavor.
After the recommended 55 minutes of bake time, it was ready to come out. It was a beautiful loaf with a nice rise and a golden brown color. The best part was the amazing banana bread smell that wafted throughout the house. My 9 yr. old daughter immediate volunteered to be my first taste tester. When I asked her how it was all she said was "ummmmmmmm" and asked for another piece.
The bottom of my loaf was a little dry compared to the rest so, next time I would reduce the bake time by about 10 minutes. All in all, the banana bread it was a big hit in my house and became a quick breakfast before school. Now that's what I call recycling!