Banana bread is super easy to make.
Here’s an advanced recipe for those of us who like a challenge:
1. Assemble the ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking soda, salt.
2. Microwave two sticks of butter until they are melting out of their wrappers and dripping all over.
3. Cream together the butter and 1/2 cup of sugar. I used coconut sugar because I have it and I’m not sure what to do with it.
4. Let the kids help! Baking with mom makes for great memories and lets them get familiar with the kitchen.
5. Crack two eggs into the bowl while the mixer is running.
6. Drop one of the eggshells into the bowl.
7. Stop the mixer and try to find all the little pieces of eggshell.
8. Give up on the eggshell hunt and throw away the butter/sugar mixture.
9. Blame it on the kids and shoo them out of the kitchen.
10. Wash mixing bowl and beater.
11. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
12. Crack the eggs into the bowl, but stop the mixer this time.
13. Feel proud of your ability to learn from your mistakes.
14. Apologize to your kids. Don’t let them back into the kitchen.
15. Mix in four mushy bananas. I used defrosted bananas from the freezer.
16. Realize your bananas are not totally defrosted. Proceed.
17. Add 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Make sure there are no lumps in the baking soda like the last time you made banana bread.
18. Mix until just combined.
19. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.
20. Notice that a lot of your butter and sugar is stuck to the bottom of the mixer because of the icy bananas.
21. Pour batter out of the pan and into a glass bowl along with the unmixed butter/sugar from the bottom of the mixer.
22. Let the kids have the mixing bowl and spatula.
23. Microwave the partially frozen batter for one minute.
24. Finish mixing the batter with your hand since you no longer have your spatula.
25. Wash out the loaf pan, dry, and grease it again.
26. Put the batter back into the pan.
27. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
28. Bake loaf for 40 minutes.
29. Remove from oven and insert a knife for doneness. Don’t worry if there’s a little bit of wetness on the knife, as long as it’s mostly dry.
30. Turn loaf out onto a plate.
31. Notice that the center of your loaf is raw and oozing all over your plate.
32. Put the loaf back in the pan as best you can and bake for another 15 minutes.
33. Take loaf out of oven, and insert a knife for doneness. Make sure it’s dry.
34. Turn loaf out onto a plate.