Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Banana Bread

So my chemise still isn't done. Trust me, I know those pearls aren't going to sew themselves on. But all the lace is attached! So you will just have to wait until tonight, I'm sorry.

In the mean time, here's that banana bread recipe to appease you.

 Preheat oven to 350*
2 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
Mix these three ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.  

1/2 c. butter (should be very soft, I let mine sit in a metal bowl on the stove while it preheats)
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla (you should make your own vanilla. no excuses. it's super easy and 100% better)
Mix these in the largest of the three bowls you will use. Should be a dark sloppy paste when it is mixed.

2 beaten eggs
4 mashed over ripe bananas
(1/2 c. nuts or more, should you feel the need, I don't)

Once you've beaten your eggs, add them to the butter, brown sugar mixture. Stir well, then add the mashed bananas. Mix again. On the final add in, in goes the flour mixture. Don't over mix, you should be stirring just to moisten all the ingredients together. Once that's done, in it goes to your bread pan, a 9" works great, we just use our terrine pan. Throw it in the oven and set a timer for 30 minutes. Turn it after that, then keep an eye on it (check every ten) until you can stick a butter knife down the middle and have it come out clean.

Side note on making your own vanilla:
You need; vodka and three vanilla beans, oh, and a ball jar. That's it.
Fill ball jar with vodka until almost at the top, then add vanilla beans. Do not cut up beans or scrape out seeds. Put away in a cool dark spot for 3 months then try to remain calm. Your world will change in three months. Count down the days. Seriously, you should be looking for an epic recipe (like the one above for instance) to celebrate with while you count down the days on your Google calender.When those three longs months have passed, it's done! You can strain it, but we just leave all that vanilla-gritty goodness all in the jar and measure out what we need.

No need to thank me, but I've just changed your life.

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