Banana Loaf

April 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

There are four bananas, overripe and lonely for my stomach, sitting on the counter top, crying. They feel abandoned and depressed in their inability to do something about it. All their brothers and sisters have been happily devoured, but these four were forgotten, left by the wayside in my distraction for the pears, the grapes, the pink ladies. It’s a sad, sad thing. Their brownish yellow skin expresses the melancholy state of their mushy, brown souls. And I’ve got to help. I’ve got to do something.

4 ripe bananas (the more ripe, the better!)
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups flour (I used whole wheat)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a large bowl, mash four ripe bananas. Add sugar and melted butter, mixing well. Add egg (beaten in a separate bowl beforehand) and mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon, stirring to combine.
  4. Add dry to wet, and beat. Add raisins, and anything else you’d like (walnuts? apple chunks?)
  5. Pour batter into a buttered loaf pan and bake about 50 minutes, or until knife comes out almost-clean. (I like mine gooey!)
And now, the bananas feel purposeful. They’ve come together with the butter, the sugar, the flour, all to create something truly magical. Thank you, my dear bananas. I will enjoy this bread in your honor.
Adapted from a Cookie recipe.
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