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Happy National Banana Bread Day
February is National Banana Bread Day. This loaf brings to mind mouth-watering aromas coming from the oven and biting into a moist, sweet piece of cake-like bread. It’s a great way to use ripe bananas, so keeping most of the ingredients on hand is a good idea. Then you can whip up this recipe as a last-minute treat.
Here is mine, shared from A Bad Hair Day Cookbook where you can find all my favorite quick and easy comfort foods.
BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP LOAF
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 Tbsp. sour cream
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter with sugar in a large bowl. Add vanilla, eggs, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sour cream. Mix to blend. Add mashed bananas. Fold in chocolate chips. Put into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Slice and serve.
Another way I might use overly ripe bananas is to make my own version of Bananas Foster. For this dish, soften a couple of peeled, sliced bananas in the microwave in a bowl along with brown sugar and butter. Or sauté them in a frypan. If you like, add some vanilla extract, cinnamon and rum. When heated through, pour over vanilla ice cream and serve.
What does any of this have to do with books and writing?
Food is an essential ingredient for fiction, flavoring a story with cultural references and peppering character interactions as part of the background setting. Describing the appearance, smell and taste of a dish adds sensory details to a scene and depth to a story from the protagonist’s viewpoint.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite way to use ripe bananas? Leave a comment for a chance to win an ebook copy of A Bad Hair Day Cookbook.
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