Except I finally caught myself, ate some oatmeal, and started snapping photos outside. Today was beautiful. Puppy was so darn happy I left the back door open for her to run in and out at her leisure, and the breeze outside was much more pleasant than the 50+ mile an hour winds we got yesterday. A friend of mine told me a giant box came blowing down the street at her on the way to my house last night...
Oh yeah, so about those super-ripe bananas. I could smell them (in a good way). So I sat there for who knows how long looking through a bajillion banana-related recipes until I found this one. Smitten Kitchen mentioned this lovely and hilarious woman's blog in one of her posts, so I decided to explore. I love both of their writing styles, and their photos alone are worth checking out. The banana bread recipe that Orangette posted has chunks of crystallized ginger in it. I hesitated when I read this, thinking that it would be an unpleasant surprise when discovered by my face while eating. I was wrong. Ginger + chocolate chips + bananas = awesome, to put it as simply as I can.
So here is to a successfully productive day of not just finding new writers to enjoy, but also new recipes to put in my book of "Yes". I found crystallized ginger on the bulk aisle of the supermarket, and I know health stores usually have it. This bread isn't obnoxiously sweet like some of the quick-breads I've made, and it's densely fluffy (?) without being soggy. The top comes out crispy and adds a good texture to the soft inside without cutting the top of your mouth (I hates that!). Plus it smells good when it's baking. I added my favorite streusel topping to this, but it is entirely optional.
|Leyla's hipster pic|
I guess what I'm saying is stop reading and start baking! Now! Go! Hustle! You can keep wearing your pajamas though, I won't judge you.
Makes: 1 9"x5" loaf Takes: 15 mins. prep, 1 hr bake time
- 1 C sugar (I used raw sugar)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
- 2 medium super-ripe bananas
- 3 Tbsp milk (almond or soy will work too)
- 2 C unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 C finely chopped candied ginger (this is to taste, but 1/4 cup was good for me)
- 1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional; I didn't use them)
- 1/4 C packed brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1/3 C chopped walnuts (optional here as well)