I have a deep dark secret. I cannot throw away a banana. When they go brown in our house, in to the freezer they go. Then, one day I open the freezer and it’s like they were banana tribbles. When the hell did all those naners get in there?! Oh, wait. Right. So….time to make some banana bread it is.
Betty Crocker has this amazing BB recipe that I’ve barely tweeked. It’s really yummy, dense and moist and full of bananaloids. It comes together lickity quickity.
Having good, solid tools for cooking makes the process easier and more fun. In that vein, I am always on the lookout for serious quality bakeware. Home Goods is a great place, especially around the holidays. I love my Chicago Metallic pans – they are serious shit. Heavy. Nonstick. Steel. I reduce my temp by 15* to the recipe because of their dark finish, but they are awesome.
Sprinkled with sugar. They get so sparkly!
And now, the whole house smells great. Waiting for these babies to cool and slice seems like it will take forever.
Alrighty – two beautiful loaves. One for us, one for the neighbors (you remember the neighbors, the ones who bring us all the goodies from M-O-M? Yeah, gotta take care of each other.)
Banana Nut Bread
Beautiful, moist and buttery with good banana flavor
3/8/2015 – Well, this sucks. This post was hacked and deleted, and I don’t have a back up. Stupid hack fucks. At least we still have pictures, and honestly this is the same scone base I always use, just with two Tbsp clementine zest and 1/2c. chopped fresh or frozen cranberries added and skip the lemon and pistachio, and the glaze is made with the juice from those clementines.
Oh, holy shit ya’ll. I just tried this fantastic cracker recipe from the Oh Dear Bakery blog. Instead of the Italian seasoning, I used a littled dried minced garlic and TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute, and added some coarse black pepper on top with the salt. These are fast. And addictive. Make at your own risk. I could not stop eating them as I was shooting. Bill said they’re yummy. Well, I’m off to make a whipped cream cheese with lemon zest, dill and shallots to schmear on these fuckers. And to taunt Bill, obviously.
Make these. They’re awesome.
They put the crack in cracker.
Crunchy herby bits of addictive goodness that are mix to eat in half an hour.
1/3 cup olive oil plus about a tablespoon for sprinkling on top
Sea salt and coarse ground black pepper to sprinkle on top
Preheat your oven to 450*. Throw everything except the sprinkles in the kitchen aid with the paddle. Mix 30 seconds, or until dough forms. Divide in to two balls. Take a sheet of parchment the size your cookie sheet, and roll that dough to about 1/8" keeping it as rectangular as possible. Repeat with the second ball. Drizzle on the last Tbsp of olive oil, sprinkle with the sea salt and the course ground pepper. With a pizza wheel, gently slice each lengthwise to get 6-8 strips. Then take a fork and lightly score the strips about every 1/2" or so.
Bake 10-ish minutes - they should be golden brown and smell done. When they're cool, break the strips in to cracker-sized chunks.