Thursday, 27 March 2008

Something wonderful

Something wonderful hopped out of my oven today. It all started with those last two bananas. You know the ones, the ones that are always left in their embarassingly over-ripened state sitting out on the counter no matter how quickly you try to eat them up, and no matter how many you bring home from the store there still always seems to be two. Seems like it should be a chance for some simple arithmetic, if you buy 6 bananas and end up with two over-ripened bananas leftover then next time you should buy four, four bananas. Ha Ha Ha. (Sorry had a Count von Count flashback for a second there.) Of course this is simplistic because there are variables like the green-ness of the bananas at time of purchase which would affect the length of time before the bananas passed their ripeness peak, but that is putting far too much thought into this. Point is - even if you buy two less bananas, there are always going to be two 'past their prime' bananas on the counter. It seems like some evil banana conspiracy.

So the two bananas were destined to become banana bread - a most noble end for those sweet but not so attractive leftovers. My tried and true recipe got a minor adjustment so here it is.

Butterscotch Banana Bread

Prehead oven to 350 celsius

mix in one bowl:
1 3/4 c white flour
2/3 c white sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

cut into flour mixture:
1/2 c butter or margarine

stir into flour/butter mixture:
3/4 c butterscotch chips

in another bowl:
mash up 2 lg. bananas (1 cup)
beat in 2 eggs
add 1 tsp vanilla

dump the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just mixed.
Pour the mixture into a greased loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Let loaf cool for 15 minutes and then remove to cooling rack.

And you end up with this:

It turned out super yummy. The butterscotch chips melted and sometimes burst through the crust making little golden rivulets which cooled and formed little candied bits. It may not be a regular breakfasty snack, but who cares, it tastes so good!

Make some for breakfast, if it lasts til then.

1 comment:

Jenaveve said...

OMG..... I can't believe how gorgeous this looks. I have to try this. And yes, I know 'those' bananas alright.

Can I ask some *dumb* cooking questions? Because I just hope it comes out looking half as yummy as yours did! Is 'c' for cup? (Told you they were dumb questions!) And 'cut into' - is that like a 'rub into' where you just kind of blend the butter/marj into the dry ingredients?

I just hope our local stores sell the butterscotch chips as I haven't seen these before (in Australia).

Thanks so much!