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Banana Bread Recipe

One of my 101 Things in 1001 Days goals is to try a new recipe every month. I was thinking gourmet dinner recipes, but the idea of working in the kitchen in summer isn’t appealling, so I used our two leftover mushy bananas to make a loaf of banana bread from scratch using this recipe, with a few modifications.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 peeled ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Bit of salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a loaf pan (I used butter-flavored cooking spray).

2. Mash the ripe bananas with a fork and stir in the melted butter.

3. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.

4. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

5. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving.

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The bread turned out beautifully. It was a little dark on the bottom half, which you can see in the picture. As noted, I used butter-flavored cooking spray instead of real butter to coat the pan, so that might have made a difference? I also baked it for 50 minutes and my oven is pretty fickle, so if I do this recipe again I will probably bake it for a shorter period and check it. It wasn’t burnt though, and still tasted really good. Next time I will probably use a tad more sugar and definitely add another banana – it was a little dry, but I only had two bananas to use so I made do!

I really recommend this recipe if you want to make banana bread from scratch. I’ve loaded up slices with a ton of butter (so healthy, right? But so delish!) as a late night snack, or after-work snack, or… just because!

101 in 1001

101 Things Challenge

The 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge is one I’ve done twice before. Well, I should say I’ve attempted it twice before. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a list. But they’re so much fun to do that I wanted to give it another shot. Half of the fun is thinking of things you want to do, and giving yourself a timeline to complete them. And even though I’ve never completed 101 things, I’ve still done a lot of things that I might not have otherwise, so it’s still a win in my book.

You can see the round 3 list here, and it’s also linked in the menu bar.

This new list is inspired by the new life my son and I are creating. A peaceful home life, a meaningful work and school life, and leisure time spent exploring our garden, the city, and the surrounding areas. Most of the items are tourist attractions – or not-so-touristy attractions! – in my very own city that I’ve never seen, or haven’t visited since my own childhood and want to revisit and share with my son. Some are things just to get us out of the house more often and take advantage of the memberships we have, or the fun free things the city offers.

Some are crafts and home improvement projects I’ve put aside for too long. Some are to help me be a better mother – like trying new recipes and baking treats together. Some are to help me be a better person – like finally pushing myself to do something with those books I’ve written and to start doing yoga regularly again. Some are just for fun, some have a huge goal at the end. Some are easy and can be done in a day, some will take longer to accomplish.

No matter what happens, it’s going to be a fun 1001 days! I’ll be sharing posts about what we’ve done and how it’s all going periodically, with a monthly recap since several items are “Do ____ # a month.”

Have you ever done a challenge like this? Are you interested in trying?