Bad Idea Banana Bread

If there is one thing I know, it’s banana bread.  I have been tweaking this recipe for the past four or so years, and it can be improved no more.  It is perfection.  With the plethora of monkeys running around this circus we call home, there is also no shortage of bananas to experiment with.

This particular banana bread earned its name from the most common comment I get from anyone who tries it.  “Oh, now that’s a bad idea [having that hanging around.]”  And I have to agree, it is.

The base for this banana bread rarely makes it into “bread” form – it disappears too quickly when Chris is allowed to slice his own portions – so it usually ends up as muffins.

Mini muffins are also popular around here.  They are to be regarded with caution though.  There is something about their tiny, cute, little appearance that makes them seem so unassuming and kind.  And they are, if by “kind” you mean, “kindly stretch out the waistline in these jeans for me.”  They make a great gift for that perfect neighbour who goes running every morning with her three, sleeping children in a running stroller, waking only every so often to tell her that they love her.  Sabotage that lady with these puppies!

Oh aren’t they so cute.  And so tiny.  Surely I could have one.  Then two.  Then lying on the floor 14 mini muffins in, you’ll understand why they’d make a suitable sabotage for the perfect lady next door.

However, if you find yourself in the midst of a will-power surge, and are sure that it will last for the next three days, you can also try it as a struesel stuffed bundt cake.

Okay.  This is no joke.  If you are depressed, hungry, angry or happy:  DO NOT, under any circumstances, make this bundt cake.  You are ONLY to attempt it if, you have the strength of mind of Gandhi, or you are having 24 guests for dessert.  Otherwise, you might as well save your time baking it and just grab a fork, a pound of butter and a nice hidden area to eat it in.

This bite, the one in the picture below, is absolute heaven…and should be reserved for last.  That is all.

Proceed with utmost caution and a well crafted prayer.

With that said, onto the recipe.

To make 24 muffins, 56 mini muffins, 1 loaf or 8 mini loaves of Bad Idea Banana Bread, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (at least 2.5% milk fat – no fat free here)
  • 4 small very ripe puréed bananas (yes puréed – mashed won’t cut it!)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use cupcake liners or grease and flour your pan.  This cake comes out very moist and soft, and you’ll lose half of it to the pan if it’s not really greased and/or floured well.  Even the pan knows this is a good recipe.
  3. Pour your melted butter into a big bowl.  Add sugar and stir to combine.  Add eggs and vanilla then stir to combine.
  4. In a second bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture just until combined.
  6. Stir in the yogurt and puréed banana one at a time.
  7. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  8. Fill tins 2/3 of the way full.  Lick the spoon when finished.
  9. Bake in preheated oven:  60 minutes for a loaf, 30 minutes for mini loaves, 20 minutes for muffins or 15 minutes for mini muffins.  In all cases, use a toothpick inserted in the centre to tell if it’s done.  If it comes out clean, they’re done!
  10. Cool them in the pan for at least 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  11. Store them in an airtight container, if you haven’t finished them before the air can dry them out.

To make the DEADLY Streusel Filled Banana Bundt Cake you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (at least 2.5% milk fat – no fat free here)
  • 4 small very ripe puréed bananas (yes puréed – mashed won’t cut it!)
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp of cold butter (just over 1/3 of a cup)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Liberally grease a non-stick 10-inch bundt pan.  This cake comes out very moist and soft, and you’ll lose half of it to the pan if it’s not really greased well.  Even the pan knows this is a good recipe.
  3. Pour your melted butter into a big bowl.  Add sugar and stir to combine.  Add eggs and vanilla then stir to combine.
  4. In a second bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  5. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture just until combined.
  6. Stir in the yogurt and puréed banana one at a time.
  7. Make the filling.  Combine the nuts, sugar, cinnamon and butter in a bowl.  Now squish.  It should come out looking like this:
  8. Pour 1/3-ish of the batter into the greased bundt cake tin.  Sprinkle with half of the filling.  Pour the rest of the batter in.  Sprinkle the rest of the filling on top.
  9. Bake in preheated oven 45 minutes.  Use a toothpick inserted in the deepest part to tell if it’s done.  If it comes out clean, it’s done!
  10. Cool it in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  11. Wait until it’s cool to cut it, or you’ll have a mess on your hands.  A delicious mess, but a mess all the same.

There you have it.  Now, stop providing a breeding space for those fruit flies, take your rotten bananas and make some yummy.

Lora

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7 thoughts on “Bad Idea Banana Bread

    1. You could use sour cream if you have it. There is also buttermilk (which you can have by putting 1/2 tbsp of vinegar in a measuring cup, then filling the rest of the cup with milk – making 1/2 cup. Stir it together and a couple of minutes later, it will be buttermilk.) Otherwise, I guess milk would do, but I won’t be held responsible for the outcome! Let me know how she goes!

  1. I made these today but, due to Lent, will not be able to have any of this batch. However, a friend of ours confirms that they are delicious (eating two right before dinner!) and Olivia devoured hers in record time. Enough said.

    1. Your will power shames me. And while you’re pregnant! Trust me, they’re actually quite gross and you’re not missing out on a thing. (I reserve the right to update this comment with facts that may dispute ones previously mentioned, come Easter morning.)

      1. Um… I’m not pregnant. I better not be!

        Okay, so the other day I took a little piece off the edge of Olivia’s (it was like the size of a pea. – forgive me Jesus!). It was very cinnamon-y! I had to test it. I can’t just give food to my kid without testing it first. It would make me an irresponsible mother, right?

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