Monday, November 16, 2009

Ripe Bananas


I don't know about you, but it seems every week I have one or two bananas that go past the edible point. They just get too ripe before someone eats them. I've tried buying one or two less bananas each week, but then we run out. Go figure.

Anyway, those extra ripe bananas are still good for baking and cooking. I just don't cook them right away. Some people put bananas in the freezer in their peels. I prefer to peel them and put in a sandwich baggie then in the freezer.

They don't come out pretty. It seems like a yucky mess:

I usually put two bananas in sandwich baggie and find that's just enough for a loaf of banana bread. Here's how I make mine:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In Kitchen Aid mixer, with flat beater, beat 1 1/4 cup sugar with 1/2 cup butter or margarine. Stop, scrape bowl and add 2 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla, beat and scrape. Add the defrosted baggie of 2 bananas and let the mixer do the mashing. Add 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 1/2 cups flour. Scrape the sides of the bowl a few times and mix until blended.

Pour into a loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 hours or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

I made a double batch. One, we ate for breakfast and snacks, the other I cut into toddler meal-sized slices, put in sandwich baggies, then into the freezer. It will be easy to defrost for snacks or to add to a meal.

The frozen bananas can be added to smoothies or used in banana muffins or pancakes, or other recipes.

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Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet November 17, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Bad naners make the best banana bread! Looks delish!!

UnfinishedMom November 17, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Oh yum. Banana bread is just the best!

Tricia November 17, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Oh my goodness! This look delicious. I love banana bread. Funny thing, we always have the same problem with bananas. No matter how many we buy. Go figure. That's okay with me. Banana bread is one of my fav's. Thanks for sharing.


Martha November 21, 2009 at 5:38 AM

Great post for Monday Munchies. I store mine the same way you do and usually use in fruit smoothies :-)

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