So get ready for some kitchen humor and a recipe.
I do not consider myself a great cook. I am hardly a good cook depending on what I am making and if I am in the mood to be making anything period. If I am enjoying cooking things come out better. If it is drudgery It’s generally not going be a good meal. I do love to bake but, again when the mood strikes.
So me not being a pro in the kitchen lends itself to this story.
One night my husband came home with these huge very green bananas. A friend had given them to him and they were terribly hard and clearly not at all ripe.
So I told my daughter to just set them on the counter to ripen.
Two days later still green and hard as a rock? What on earth? Maybe they were picked too soon? Maybe somehow we could speed up the ripening process?
So Google to the rescue. Place them in a paper bag… Hmmm to long speedier than that I mean we want to make banana bread today not next month at this rate.
Wait? The oven? Yes!!!
300 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes and they will ripen. A method great if you plan to bake with them. BINGO! So in the oven, they go unpeeled as it stated on the website on a cookie sheet. Easy peasy. 30 minutes go buy,..still green well, they were VERY under-ripe 40, 50, 1 hour still pretty much green! So, maybe longer? Two hours… They are black! YES!!!!
Out they come black as midnight and hard as rocks!!! I am baffled and my kids are legit in hysterics with laughter t this point. No one even cares anymore they wanted banana bread because these bananas are giving Mom a time and they think it is the funniest thing.
So I tell them “I am done toss those things in the trash there is clearly something wrong with them.”
After the last blackened hard as a rock banana slips into the trash something dawns on me.
Do you know what these are?
If you said Plantains you are correct!!!!!
If you said big green bananas (Well some do call them that but they are not the same thing) … “Mostly” wrong LOL and they will never turn yellow or ripen to eat not because they need to be cooked! (According to Wiki some do eat them raw but…. ) LOL They are a starchy food people often fry, broil, boil, roast or bake them. They certainly are not what I thought they were.
So I did go out and buy over ripe bananas the next day and make banana bread. However, the best thing is when we are all sitting around and one of my kids start to tell the story for the hundredth time because it just never gets old.
And now if you want banana bread here is a recipe I have used a bunch of times.
Classic Banana Bread from ( MyRecipes)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
- 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cooking spray
For the rest of the directions please [Read more at MyRecipes]
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