Comfort food is often a nicer way of describing a certain mindset one has to go into when there are mouths to feed and you aren’t sure how the hell you will fill them. I am pretty sure there will be disagreements with me – that comfort food in itself is usually describing some kind of warm belly, possibly high fat content food instead. Right now it makes me think of being poor and not having any idea how to get food in the house, and what can I do with 6 eggs and that chicken neck I put in the freezer the last time I made a chicken?
That’s where I’m at today. I’m kind of sorry you have to witness it.
The good thing is – Banana bread. And as usual, I’m going to tell you things that really have nothing to do with Banana bread in this post, while telling you about Banana bread.
But naturally – because you might actually want Banana bread – here you go:
4 Ripe Bananas – Mashed into:
1 beaten egg
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup sour cream
1-2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of : Clove and ginger
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 c. light brown sugar (slightly tap-packed, not cram-packed)
(blend all that)
Pinch of salt
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
– Do not be alarmed when it looks like there is too much flour at first, just keep folding gently until it comes together and then toss in:
1/4 – 1/2 c. blueberries
Pour this into a lightly buttered bread pan and place it in the oven at 350F for about 1 h/1h 15 min. When a butter knife comes out cleanish (Wet batter on knife is one thing, wet blueberry juice is another!) Flip it out onto a wire rack if you are so fortunate to have one and let it cool. I don’t – I always forget how desperately I need one until I … make… something.
Now – This recipe, I should mention was born from not having either enough of the things I needed or not having the things I needed at all. SO! That in mind:
If you do not have sour cream, you can use 1/3 c. melted butter instead. (EDIT! TOTAL BUTTER, not in addition to butter used above!)
If you do not have light brown sugar, use 1/2 c. – 3/4c. white. (It may not be as moist, brown sugar has more moisture than white, but it will still be good.)
If you do not have blueberries sitting in your fridge or freezer (I save handfuls for this purpose), you can use chocolate chips, raisins (but don’t tell me you did it! I am a firm believer in raisin evil.), craisins, nuts, or no add ins at all.
Random Tip: I use butter wrappers before tossing them when baking to butter my baking pan. Not that I mind getting butter on my hands, but…
I think we do certain things that we think are common sense (because we do them all of the time) But it isn’t until someone goes.. HEY.. that’s a good idea…. that we realize not everyone does the things we do. My home ec teacher always had us spray pans or use a glop of shortening or butter on our fingertips, it was always messy, kinda wasteful and… yeah. I just use butter wrappers if I have one.)
And now for not banana bread things.
I have a guilty pleasure in watching cooking competition type reality shows like MasterChef and Oh goodness me – The American Baking Competition. Why? Because these are great bakers and cookery folk. Obviously. They have great successes.. but they also have amazing fails. I am so surprisingly sad that The American Baking Competition is done now.
I do not schadenfreude, that is not why I love them so much, but when you read all of these great cooking and baking blogs all the time, and don’t get me started on Pinterest… Even if you are a great cook, Even if you are fully capable of taking lovely pictures and making gorgeous roasts and dainty cookies and … yes. Everyone has an epic fail from time to time. All of us are capable of going completely and utterly awry. I often do, and I think that is why more often than not, I will toss my horribly awry things here rather than save the perfect things for the blog. That – and I have friends who wouldn’t dream of showing their less than perfect results anywhere, let alone on the internet. On a blog. Or worse – they wont even TRY to do something for fear of failure.
Screw that. Life is hard. If all we did was wallow in perfection, we would throw out brown spotty bananas because they are no longer pretty – rather than letting them ripen and get good and ugly for things like Banana bread.