Oops, time to make Banana Bread

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Hi Everyone ūüôā

Every season comes with its perks. During the fall and winter, that perk is to have some banana bread in the house. This perk is such a necessity that I tend to make banana bread at least ONCE every cold season. I just have to. I need it in my life with a side of warm cocoa or coffee (Mmmmm).

The across-the-board perk of banana bread is that you can a) get rid of¬†ripened¬†bananas that you forgot to eat b) get rid of¬†ripened¬†bananas that you have in the freezer and forgot to also eat. For me, B is¬†ALWAYS¬†true. I end up with¬†overripe¬†bananas. I freeze them and pretty much forget about them until I need the space. Oops (hence the name of this recipe). Hehe. Either way I get to reward myself with banana bread so¬†it’s¬†all good. ūüėČ

This recipe is different than the ones in the past that I have tried. In this recipe, you will be warming up the bananas in the microwave for about 5 minutes. In that time the bananas will release their sweet juices in which you will then reduce and reincorporate into the mashed bananas. More on that later.

Let’s get started.

Place bananas in a bowl, cover, and microwave for 4 minutes.

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You will notice a release of liquids amounting to about ¬Ĺ to ¬ĺ cup.

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Let the banana juice strain into a bowl or cup and let the banana sit in the sieve for 15 minutes, letting the juices collect, every now and then give the bananas a little mix.

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Melt your butter in a bowl in the microwave and set aside to cool while your bananas are chilling out on the sieve. You can also take this time to chop up your walnuts.

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And to whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.

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When the 15 minutes are up and most of the juices have been strained, set the bananas in the sieve aside and place the liquid into a skillet over medium high. Let this simmer for about 7 minutes until they have reduced to about ¬ľ cup.

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Add in the bananas and mash and mix together. Remove from heat. Slowly whisk in the butter. Add in the eggs, vanilla and brown sugar.

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Mix mix mix.

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Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until combined. For this batter you will want to leave traces of flour like so since the mixture is very rich.

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Fold in your chopped walnuts and put the mixture into a loaf pan.

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To make the streusel, simply place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. When ready, sprinkle on top of the batter in the loaf pan.

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Bake 50-60 minutes and let cool before serving.

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Adapted¬†from Cook’s Illustrated
BANANA BREAD
4 very ripe bananas
1 ¬ĺ c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
¬Ĺ¬†tsp. salt
8 tbsp. butter
¬ĺ¬†c. Brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
¬Ĺ¬†c. Chopped walnuts

STREUSEL
1/4 c. Flour
1/4 c. walnuts, chopped
2 tsp. Cinnamon
5 tbsp butter, melted
¬ľ¬†c. Brown sugar

Place bananas in a bowl, cover, and microwave for 4 minutes. You will notice a release of liquids amounting to about ¬Ĺ to ¬ĺ cup. Let the banana juice strain into a bowl or cup and let the banana sit in the sieve for 15 minutes, letting the juices collect.

Melt your butter in a bowl in the microwave and set aside to cool while your bananas are chilling out on the sieve. You can also take this time to chop up your walnuts.

Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.

When the 15 minutes are up and most of the juices have been strained, set the bananas in the sieve aside and place the liquid into a skillet over medium high. Let this simmer for about 7 minutes until they have reduced to about ¬ľ cup.¬†Add in the bananas and mash and mix together. Remove from heat.

Slowly whisk in the butter. Add in the eggs, vanilla and brown sugar.

Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until combined.

Fold in your chopped walnuts and put the mixture into a loaf pan.

To make the streusel, simply place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix. When ready, sprinkle on top of the batter in the loaf pan.

Bake 50-60 minutes and let cool before serving.

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