Yeah, that’s right, my baking was called ‘bomb’ the other day. By my boss. You’re so jealous, especially because she kicks ass.At any rate, I had the brilliant idea to give a little thrill to the wee oven in the kitchen. It’s a countertop convection oven, which of course serves your normal toaster oven requests as well. The poor dear has seen nothing but frozen goods, reheated leftovers, and perhaps the occasional buy-and-bake baked good. I refuse to believe that it has been fulfilled. While I did bake sticky buns and Belinder buns in it, I decided to make something else: banana bread.
Melissa is a co-worker of mine; we used to work together in CS, spending our 5:45am Saturdays together. During this time is when I started honing some recipes, including one for banana bread that she loved so much I couldn’t get the bananas to turn black fast enough. I simply call it Banana Bread: Melissa’s Worst Craving.
I poured the batter at home, drove it to work, baked it, and made Melissa’s morning… as well as torturing an entire open-mezzanine office full of folks with the smell. I would have taken a picture of it, but who knew it’d be so popular? Next time.
Banana Bread: Melissa’s Worst Craving
makes one 8 x 4″ loaf of crunchy-outside-cakey-inside bread
1/2 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 c sugar (I use turbinado or evaporated cane, you can use whatever you like)
1/2 c margarine, softened (broken record: Earth Balance)
3 small bananas, as ripe as you can get ’em
1 c all-purpose flour
1/2 wheat flour
1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 c soymilk (plain or vanilla is fine)
1/4 c applesauce
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Heat oven to 350. Prepare pan and set aside. Add apple cider vinegar to soymilk; set aside to curdle. In a small bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
In a medium bowl, smash the bananas into an even mash (aka smash the bejeesus out of ’em.) Mash in margarine and sugars to form a paste. Switching to a wooden spoon, add soymilk mix, applesauce; stir to combine. Fold in the dry ingredients in two batches, adding the rolled oats with the second; stir till only just combined.
Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 for approximately one hour, or till exterior is brown and crisp and toothpick comes out clean. Allow to stand in pan for at least fifteen minutes before removing and placing on rack. If you can wait, try to let it cool completely before slicing. If you’re like us, as soon as it’s ready, whack it up and enjoy.