ok, i know…its all very cwa, very church fete, very wifey. but i never did eat it and never did done make it. and so i did. and fascinating it was. mashed bananas…like for an infant. with melted butter. and sugar. but so many questions arose…white or brown sugar? walnuts or no nuts? bread or cake? the answers soon became clear – almost intuitively, as if the moment i embarked upon this exercise in old world baking, i was suddenly taken over by the spirit of margaret (member of the victorian branch of cwa, head of crafts, deputy catering coordinator) and i had known these answers all my life. brown of course. no nuts…too wild. not bread. not cake. just loaf. the only questions that remained were those pertaining to two parts of space and time which should never have touched (and i am not referring to me and the victorian branch of the cwa.) i couldnt, however, entirely embrace the blandness. im not tough. im not rough. im not stoic. i cant run a household and a local community. i can barely run myself.i dont hang washing on the line in between milking my cows and speaking loudly at town meetings. im not a joiner. and i dont darn. i cant chop wood. i cant fix anything. i lack motivation and gumption. and im sometimes prone to princess like behaviour. so a cake made for filling those kinds of dreams, and those stomachs, is a bit beyond my capabilities. i therefore made it mine. but in honour of all that im not. and to be honest, in spite of the deep and fundamental character deficiencies of its creator, i am of the belief that it would blow margaret’s ever diminishing hair back. so here it is…banana bread, subtitled: “are you there margaret, its me schleps”, loaf in tin, june 2010.
4 bananas mashed & 2 bananas chopped
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar (or light brown)
1 egg beaten
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp baking soda
1 pinch salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1tsp cinnamon (optional…i didnt. nor did i add an optional 1tsp nutmeg. because when given the option i first say no. besides, margaret would have wanted it this way)
preheat the oven to 175 degrees. first mash up the bananas. add the melted butter and mix to combine.
add the sugar, then the vanilla and then the beaten egg and stir. sprinkle in the baking soda and salt and mix. finally add the flour and stir to combine. pour into a loaf tin (whatever size you got…they are pretty standard and margaret wouldnt care for that sort of dicking around over centimeters and diameters)
lay chopped bananas atop and give a final sprinkling of brown sugar. or demerara if you live for crunch.
bake in the oven for 50 minutes. and it will be glorious.