I woke up yesterday staring at the 3 over ripe bananas that have been sitting in the cabinet for almost 2 weeks. I thought to myself that If I was ever going to get on that banana bread recipe, it might as well be now. My mornings are getting better and better, and for the first time since I have started baking, it was therapeutic.
A week ago I started waking up in panic and then the panic turned into depression. I think I've finally started to realize what it feels like to be single and I wasn't used to it. For the past 2 years and a bit I thought I was an introvert. I spent most of my time with Chris so I adored the little time that I had alone. I realized now that that's not the case. Without "that" person constantly there, I needed people, girlfriends, to keep me company. A couple of us also got together for brunch yesterday but that will be a different post.
I washed dishes while I waited for the bread to bake. I remember thinking that if this is what being single is like, then it isn't too bad after all. But maybe because it was the morning and it was sunny. I'm always in a good mood when it's sunny outside.
Anyway, I was happy with how the banana bread turned out. I had added a a tbsp of instant coffee to the batter and wasn't sure what it would do. Why instant coffee? I'm not exactly sure. Maybe because I love coffee, or because I was going to add chocolate into the batter and coffee brings out more flavour, or maybe because at that point in time I craved caffeine in my system.
Ingredients (adapted from the Food Network):
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp instant coffee
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
Pre heat the oven to 325. Butter and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
1. Cream the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy.
2. Add eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. Make sure to scrape down the bowl after each addition.
3. Mash the bananas with the milk, vanilla, coffee, and cinnamon. Add to the sugar and butter mixture
4. Combine the dry ingredients and add it to the banana and butter mixture. Fold in the dry ingredients until just incorporated. Do not over mix.
5. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the middle and comes out clean.