Oh yes, it is true.
It really is possible to make the most delicious creamy ice cream using just one ingredient.
Do you wonder what the name of that magical ingredient might be?
What comes to your mind when you think of banana bread?
To me it’s BEAUTIFUL.
And a piece of sweet art.
The kind of food that makes me feel really good.
I missed this art in my life lately.
And that is unacceptable.
So I just created it…
To make wonderful Banana Bread you need:
1 cup (115 grams) walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 3/4 cups (230 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 ripe large bananas, sliced
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat an oven to 350 F (175 C).
2. Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes.
They will become wonderfully tender and fragrant.
3. These are our dry ingredients.
Pour them into a larger bowl and mix them.
4. After you toasted the nuts chop them coarsely,…
… add them to the flour mixture,…
… and give it all a good mix.
5. These are our wet ingredients – the sliced bananas, lightly beaten eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract.
6. Mash the bananas.
7. Add the eggs, the butter and the vanilla to the bowl.
Mix, mix, mix.
8. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients just until combined.
The batter should be thick and chunky (try not to over mix here – the bread could end up being tough and rubbery – and we don’t want that).
9. Butter and flour (or spray with a non-stick spray) the bottom and sides of a loaf pan.
Fill it with the lovely batter.
10. And bake for about 55-60 minute (or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean).
Mmmmm, this smells wonderful…
Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove from the pan.
11. Enjoy dear friends…
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(This recipe was adapted from joyofbaking.com.)
These squares are truly heavenly.
Especially for banana and pudding lovers like me, for example.
So if you feel like something delicious like this, here is the recipe…
To prepare the Heavenly Banana-Pudding Squares you need:
1 package (400 grams) puff pastry
4 ripe bananas
1 1/2 packets (180 grams) sponge biscuit rounds (or lady fingers)
1 packet powdered vanilla pudding (without sugar)
1 packet powdered banana pudding (without sugar)
12 tablespoons sugar (for the pudding)
4 cups (1 liter) milk (or any amount the two puddings call for in their instructions)
confectioner’s sugar to sprinkle on top
1. Let the puff pastry thaw according to the instructions on the package.
2. Preheat an oven to 350 F (175 C).
3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to twice the size of the baking pan you are going to use (we need one layer of the puff pastry for the bottom and one for the top of the pie).
Using a knife, cut the rolled out dough into two equal parts.
Transfer the first sheet onto the bottom of the greased pan.
4. Now we are going to need the sponge biscuit rounds. They are soooo yummy – I grew up on them.
Place the biscuits over the puff pastry layer.
5. Take 4 sweet ripe bananas.
Cut each of them into two halves…
… and then into slices.
Just like this.
6. And onto the biscuits they go.
7. Now it’s the right time to prepare the pudding (follow the instructions on the packet).
Mix the vanilla pudding with the banana pudding and prepare them both together.
Mmmmm… – this already smells heavenly.
8. Pour the pudding over the biscuits and bananas…
… and spread it with a spoon until everything is nicely covered with the pudding.
9. Cover the pudding layer with the second part of the dough.
The pudding is going to release steam while baking so it’s fine to help it a bit by creating these little steam vents.
(Since the pie tends to rise while baking I recommend placing a piece of aluminium foil right underneath the baking pan – onto the bottom of the oven – just in case a few drops of pudding overflow. The aluminium foil will catch any spills and you can remove it from the oven easily.)
10. Bake for about 35-40 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let set and cool.
Sprinkle with some confectioner’s sugar if you feel like it.
Oh, and cut into squares of course.
Store in a refrigerator and – most importantly – ENJOY Dear Friends!
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