We had three bananas in the kitchen. Not quite as ripe as I like them for making banana bread, but there were three. I feared if I didn’t use them, there would be one missing in short order. So, this morning I made banana bread. I have three or four recipes for banana bread. One uses only bananas and spices and no molasses. Another is almost the same recipe as gingerbread, but with bananas, an extra egg, and a bit more water. This last one falls between those two. It uses the bananas and a lot less molasses. I decided to go with that one because I wanted it to taste a little different.
This particular cookbook is just my style. Take all the ingredients, put them in a mixing bowl, squash the bananas and beat until reasonably smooth. A wooden spoon is fine, but this time I used the mixer. I still think the wooden spoon is less work. If you have a KitchenAid beater, you can skip squashing the bananas and use the dough hook, but I squash them. Then I add everything else and beat it for a few minutes at low speed. It isn’t a cake and you don’t need to beat a lot of air into it. It is supposed to be fairly solid.
3 ripe bananas, squashed
3 tablespoons molasses or some other syrup. Maple was delicious — sweeter, but not as spicy.
2-1/4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
big pinch of salt
2 – 3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Beat on low for three or four minutes, during which time you can preheat the oven to 350 F (177 C). Pour into loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. I went for 60 minutes, but I think five minutes less would have been better. I was also on the telephone when the timer dinged, so it stayed in the off but still hot oven for at least a few extra minutes.
I tasted it. Garry tasted it. We declared it good. I also feel obliged to mention that as I wrote out the recipe, I realized I forgot to add the sugar. It’s STILL fine. I suppose between the bananas and the molasses, it is sweet enough, but it does gives me room to ponder how sweet a bread needs to be!