Monday, May 30, 2016

Banana bread surprise

This is Trish's delectable banana bread recipe, originally adapted to be baked on a boat in a 6' x 9' pan. Because it's kind of hard to have less than one egg, it's difficult to adapt it down any further. It fits 11 mini silicone loaf pans, which is 3 more than what fits in a GoSun. I wonder, however, whether more would go in if you put it directly into the tube. Don't fill it too much, though, because it does expand.


1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter

1 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

1 1/2 very ripe bananas (2 if they are small)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional: walnuts or chocolate chips

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients. Set aside. Mash the bananas, melt the butter, and lightly beat the egg. Add butter, egg, and sugar to mashed bananas, and combine quickly. Fold the liquid ingredients into the dry, mix together. Add vanilla extract, walnuts and/or chocolate chips. Spoon the batter into the silicone cups, leaving some room for it to rise. Bake.

Now here comes the surprise. I was all read to go, with the silicone cups neatly lined up in the tube. I went outside with the GoSun to set it up -- and there was no sun in the backyard. The whole backyard is now shaded by the large trees on the south side of the property. The last two times I used the GoSun, there were no leaves on the trees yet. Now there are. Big dilemma. I considered putting the GoSun in front of the house, where there was full sun, but then I'd have had to babysit it for the duration of the cooking time to prevent it from going walkies. So I cheated and put the mini loaves in the toaster oven at 340F for 25 minutes. I suspect in the GoSun it would have taken about the same time as the Johnny Cakes, about 50 minutes to an hour.

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