My house is very, very cold right now. So, as the snow day progressed I decided I would need to do something to keep me from freezing to death.
Slaving away over a hot stove was just the ticket.
It just so happened that I had all the ingredients I needed to make banana bread. I've been saving some very ...um... *ripe* bananas in the freezer and they were starting to look a little freaky. I have never frozen bananas before- it is not a pretty sight!
I feel like banana bread is one of those items that you prefer the way your mother made it. Well, I have no memory of my mother ever making banana bread so I was going to have to look elsewhere for a recipe.
Skimming through rows and rows of cookbooks, I landed on a recipe from a church cookbook. Surely the contributing woman was someone's mother so it should be great! Since I'm new to making banana bread, I thought I might as well try out an alternative recipe so I looked to a classic- Joy of Cooking.
This leads me to the main event...
Irma vs Myrtle: A Banana Bread Showdown
Who will come out on top? Myrtle the parishioner who uses butter and a splash of milk? Or Irma Rombauer who opts for silky shortening?
The ingredients for each recipe were very similar otherwise: flour , sugar, a fat, a leavening agent, eggs, and nuts. I whipped up a batch of each and sent them to battle.
On my left, we have Myrtle...
I do have to admit I may have toasted them up a bit too much. Both loaves lacked that moist, stick-to-your-finger goodness that I see when other people have made banana bread. Next time, I don't think that I will wait until the hour cook time is up to check their doneness!
Sounds like banana bread and I have some unfinished business. I will refrain from posting a recipe until I reach loaf perfection.
Do YOU have a delicious banana bread recipe you would like to share? Leave a comment!