It all began with 3 overly ripe bananas sitting in my pantry. I could have just chucked them into the bin and saved all the hassle. After a game of tennis with the boys under the blazing hot afternoon sun, I was tired out, but I couldn’t rest as dinner was waiting to be cooked. To squeeze in baking during this time of the day would almost guarantee a very grumpy me, especially if the bake turned out less than desired.
Somehow, I decided to hang on to those 3 bananas and multitask (which really isn’t my forte). So I stir fried and searched for a good banana cake/bread/muffin recipe. Having ran out of butter made the task even more challenging. I highly suspect that my judgement was grossly impaired by fatigue. I could have ended up wasting more (in terms of ingredients, time and effort) with a failed bake while trying to save the 3 bananas. (which cost a dollar?) Nevertheless, I ploughed on mindlessly.
I found a recipe that required no butter, no creaming, no proofing, no yeast and they called it a bread. It baffled me. My limited knowledge in baking told me that if there is creaming, it’s usually a cake. When there is yeast and proofing, it’s usually a bread and if it’s just mixing wet and dry ingredients, it’s a muffin. And to call the latter a bread, chances are, the person probably couldn’t tell the difference between a muffin and a bread. Either that, or it’s called giving false hope.
Yet I plunged into it, while braving myself for disappointment. (and I couldn’t fathom why I would risk my sanity over 3 bananas)
I mixed everything up in 15 minutes and popped the batter into the oven. An hour later …
It was crispy and fragrant on the outside and fluffy and light on the inside. It was so freaking tasty that I ate 2 big slices even after a full dinner.
I still don’t know what to call this. A cross between a bread, a cake and a muffin? Whatever it is, I got so excited that I stayed up the night to complete this post, a rarity these days.
Plunging into the unknown can be scary but it could be totally rewarding. Who would have thought that I would get so inspired over 3 bananas, definitely not me!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 very ripe bananas
- A handful of walnuts, crushed
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 175 deg C.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- In a large bowl, whip together the eggs and sugar till pale and foamy.
- Stir in the mashed bananas and oil.
- Stir in the flour mixture, a third at a time, until just combined.
- Stir in the walnuts.
- Pour the batter into a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour.