My wife absolutely loves bananas and everytime we visit the store, she wants to pick up a bunch. Her eyes are invariably bigger than her appetite because every once and a while we will have a lone banana or two sitting on the counter looking all sad and brown. It won’t be totally brown, it’ll just have a few spots on it but be treated like a leper. For many months, my wife would just toss it in the freezer and declare that it will be sacrificed to the banana bread gods.
However, until last year, the banana bread gods never answered. Month after month, bananas would get tossed in and eventually our freezer was packed with all these brown frozen bananas that had no where to go! So, one day we (mostly she) decided we would finally make some banana bread. I’m really glad we (mostly she) did because it’s absolutely delicious.
I have no idea where my wife’s Banana Walnut Bread recipe comes from but here it is if you want to try it out:
- 1 1/2 C all purpose flour
- 3/4 C cake flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- pinch nutmeg
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 C vegetable oil
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1/2 C dark brown sugar
- 3/4 lb. ripe bananas – 1″ chunks
- 1/4 C orange juice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 C whole walnuts
1. Heat oven to 325F, grease a 7 cup loaf pan.
2. Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg and then transfer to wax paper.
3. Mix the eggs, oil (in a thin stream), within fifteen seconds, in a food processor. Process 15 seconds longer. With the machine running, add in the sugar and brown sugar.
4. Add in the bananas, vanilla, OJ, and mix for one minute. Add half the dry ingredients and the walnuts. Mix in with half second pulses. Add the remaining dry ingredients and repeat the pulses.
5. Cook in oven for approximately 70 minutes (or until done, you can use the fork test as you do with cakes). Allow it thirty minutes to cool.
What’s the personal finance moral in this story? There isn’t really one, I just wanted to write about banana bread because it’s delicious. But, if you want a moral, it could be that if you have something you’ve been meaning to do, like make banana bread from the bananas in your freezer, remember to actually do it. When they say “it’s the thought that counts,” it’s usually after you do what you meant to do.