Wednesday, March 17, 2010


[The following constitutes the entirety of an email I wrote to a friend to encourage him to bake banana bread]

Banana Bread doesn't have much to do with Brahma, but whatever.

[and process]

1 1/3 cups flour (wheat, but whatever)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

[mix this in a bowl and set aside]

2/3 cups sugar (brown & white, but whatever)
1 tablespoon lemon juice (i use 2, from a plastic lemon)
1/2 stick butter (aka. 1/4 cup; salted or unsalted, whatever)

[mix this in the bowl where you mix everything – call it "Awesome Bowl"]
(NB. the lemon juice is for acid, and for dissolving the other stuff; you can substitute other stuff that does that, like vinegar, or a Coke, right)

2 eggs (Awesome Bowl)

[mixy mixy]

3 bananas (Awesome Bowl; they're great when they're ripe and spotty)

[mix mix mix]

now add the flour stuff you mixed at the beginning to Awesome Bowl, along with whatever else you want to add
(eg. 1/2 cup wheat germ; makes it dense and dark
or - 1 cup instant oats; makes it bready and light, with a crust
or - whatever, do whatever; i'm going to try 1/2 cup peanuts next time)

(it's also awesome to put stuff on top of your bread once it's in the pan – oats, salt, whatever – makes it look real pro-pro. also, i use a hand-blender, but if you're the boss you rock a Cuisinart)

oh right –

preheat the oven to 350° (which i never remember), bake the bread for an hour
when you take it out make sure to take it out of the pan, otherwise it gets mushy

recipe says to use a 5 x 9 x 3 inch bread pan. mine is sort of that, whatever. you could probably pour it into a casserole dish and be fine (don't get on my case if it isn't, i haven't tried that). be sure to butter it.

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