I have found a love, and a knack, for baking since I moved to PA. I like to share what I bake with other people (labmates, friends, whoever will eat what I bake). There's something I really enjoy about looking at a recipe, changing the heck out of it (yup, I am one of those people), and then giving it a whirl. The first thing I learned to make is banana bread. The first step in baking/cooking is this...fill your sink with hot soapy water and put all your dishes that have not been done in it!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (by the time you get used to this recipe you will be done mixing ingredients before your oven is at temperature!).
Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil (great because you do not have to clean the loaf pan and you have a wrapping for your loaf when it is done!).
Next, have a recipe to work from (if you're that kind of person-I only write down recipes once I have doctored them and am happy with the result).
Gather all your ingredients and utensils (as you finish with dishes, measuring cups, bowls, etc. just drop them in the sinkful of soapy water).
Then I toss the butter in a largish mixing bowl and microwave it to soften it (it is so much easier than waiting and I think it gives the bread a better texture). After the butter is liquid (usually 1.5 minutes in the microwave will do it), put in the bananas and smash with a potato masher, add the eggs and sugar and mix well.
|This is what it should look like.|
Pour the batter into your loaf pan and put it in the oven for about an hour! Check to make sure it is done by putting a toothpick in the center and seeing if it comes out clean.
|Makes the house smell delicious!|
While the bread is baking wash the dishes from mixing (and any others you had lying around) and scrub down your sink! I guarantee you will be done with this in a few minutes. Overall, it takes me less than half an hour to mix and pour ingredients and wash all the dishes (even if there were some from before).
|Nothing better than no dishes and a clean, shiny sink as you wait for your banana bread!|