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Banana Bread Recipe






One of my all time favorite cakes, although it’s called a bread I don’t know why, is the Banana Bread. Once in a while, there is an overpopulation of bananas at my house (we have a banana tree), so what better way than to use them all for baking a banana bread. Before you go on reading, you must know I’m no chef, I’ve never taken culinary classes, I’ve only watched my mom bake cakes and too much Food Network haha. The following is a recipe I made up and here are the results (pictures included).


Ingredients:
4 overripe bananas (you want them to be sweet, so try finding a yellow banana with no green color on its peel) 

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 cup of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of baking powder 

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg 

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Pinch of salt

3/4 cup of water (you could use milk instead)

1 stick of butter at room temperature

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 

1/4 teaspoon of orange zest



Directions:
1. Preheat your oven at 300˚C. Butter and flour a baking pan and set it aside.


2. With a mechanical whisk, mix together the butter and sugar. I like to take my time doing this step. I like to stir really well until the butter turns a pale yellow color, but is still quite firm. This could take about 5 minutes or more, but don’t do this in a  hurry, take your time.

                                     


3. Once you have mixed the butter and sugar, add half of the bananas (that would be two bananas) and let the blender kind of mash the bananas and mix them well with the butter. You’ll notice that the mixture becomes thicker.

                                     


4. Add one by one the eggs. Make sure you stir everything well enough before adding the other egg. The mixture will become lighter and fluffy.

5. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla, and stir everything together.

6. Combine the flour and baking powder little by little with the mixture. I usually add part of the flour, stir really well, add part of the water, stir really well, add another part of the flour and so on. 

                                     


7. Finally, add the second half of the bananas (two more bananas) and the orange zest. 

8. Bake the banana bread for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean after inserting it in the cake. 







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