Basic Banana Bread

Confession: I only threw the 'basic' in just for the alliteration; this banana bread is not that basic.  

Bananas are a breakfast staple for me. For some reason, my grandparents believe that freckled, spotted bananas are 'spoiled' and rotten, and they throw away any of such bananas in the house. Which really sucks, because everyone knows that spotty bananas are the best kind. The more spots, the better! After trying to change their minds to no avail, I've taken to hiding bananas in the freezer to keep them longer. It's been going well so far. They get all mushy and spotty and make for wonderful banana bread. I didn't have any such bananas in the house this time as my grandparents had just bought a new batch, so I decided to try out something new and caramelise the bananas as I melted the butter. I was hoping that doing so would soften them and bring out their natural sweetness, and it would save me time as compared to the alternative, which would be roasting them in the oven for about 20 minutes. 

I think I overbaked the bread though, as I misread the timing on the recipe to be 45-50 minutes instead of 40-45 minutes. I took it out at the 45-minute mark, but the bread was slightly drier than I would have liked. The recipe I used was from smitten kitchen, but I adapted it just like how my best friend did with her banana bread that I ate and loved so many months back. I think I'll be making this again soon - it makes for a great breakfast. I had this topped with caramelised bananas, crushed lotus cookies and some almond butter! My sister had hers with some cookie butter and she loved it. 

On another note, I'm done with my first week in law school! It feels like a whole new ball game and it's taking quite a bit of getting used to. There's a mountain of readings and a whole new skill set yet to be developed, so I'm trying not to be too hard on myself and I'm taking things as they come. I'm also trying to get used to having lectures, it's a new style of learning for me. I feel as though you need to have pretty good concentration throughout the lecture; you never know what you might miss out on... Still working on that. Also, is it a thing to clap after a lecture? 

Basic Banana Bread

✿ 75g butter
✿ 3 large bananas
✿ 50g brown sugar 
✿ 1 beaten egg
✿ 1 tsp vanilla extract
✿ 1 tsp cinnamon 
✿ 1 tsp baking powder 
✿ 190g all-purpose flour
Preheat your oven to 176 degrees celsius. In a saucepan, melt the butter with the bananas, stirring constantly. When all the butter has melted, remove from heat and stir in the sugar, egg, and vanilla, followed by the cinnamon. 
Sprinkle the baking soda over the mixture and mix it in. Lastly, stir in the flour until just combined. 
Portion out 1/3 of the batter and stir in 1/2 a tablespoon of cocoa powder, and 1/2 a tablespoon of baileys (credits to my amazing edboob for this idea!!). Spread the batter in your greased loaf tin and send it off to the oven for about 40 minutes!!