Banana Bonanza! Part 1: Terry’s Banana Bread

I had the good fortune to ask our local fruit vendor (we have our own fruit vendor in Barcelona!) if the blackened bananas were discounted and lo and behold he gave them to me for free! So, thought I, what am I going to do with 5 spoiling bananas tout de suite ? Banana Bonanza was born!

I know you’ve been in this situation. You buy a bunch of bananas and then you carefully avoid them until they turn black in the kitchen. No one wants to throw them out because secretly they know that if they wait long enough, banana bread will appear. Well your bread is not going to make itself by spontaneous generation so get to it!

This recipe was given to our family by a woman who could only be described as my amazing crazy aunt yet sadly has no relation to me, the fabulous, Terry Hinrichs. I’m posting this for one of my thousands of readers, her son, Jon.

Oh,  as a side note if you don’t have any mushy bananas and are too impatient to wait, you can simply place the bananas in a paper bag and beat them against the wall for a while. Your neighbors may accuse you of child abuse but really, it’s a small price to pay.

Get your ingredients together.

2 1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder (so a generous tablespoon)
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup chopped nuts (optional yet tasty)
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 bananas)

Heat your oven to 180 C (350 F).  Mix all ingredients, beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds. You’ll notice here that Terry has indicated a speed at which to beat. Some of you, like me living abroad, may not have an electric mixer so you’ll have to approximate medium speed as best you can. For me, its about as fast as I can whip the spoon around in the batter. It turns out my arm only has one speed.

Moving right along.
Pour your batter into a well-greased loaf pan, 9 x 5 x 3″, or as in my case, whatever the hell you have that will go in the oven.

Bake for about 55-65 minutes, or until you stick a butter knife in and it comes out clean.  It may need 1 hour and 20 minutes. Terry notes that, “Crack in the top is typical.” however for your first time I’d stick to something a little more tame, like peyote.

This is what it should look like:

Cool before slicing and enjoy this cake begot of rotten fruit!


Labels: bread, bananas, snack

3 thoughts on “Banana Bonanza! Part 1: Terry’s Banana Bread

  1. I grew up on this and it was always funny seeing how my mom would get that little twinkle in her eye when the bananas got too black to eat. I knew she was thinking about the banana bread. Thanks Devon for posting this. Mom is looking down and smiling.

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