Outside the snow is coming down fast and furious, and it’s just the perfect kind of snow, too. Light and fluffy. The kind that squeaks when you walk on it. Not, thank goodness, the heavy wet coastal snow that soaks through every layer and chills you to the bone. Nope! Right now, today, we’re in the Goldilocks zone as far as snow goes. And we’re predicted to get up to 10 inches of it.
Ignoring all the shoveling that needs to be done, I decided to bake banana bread instead.
Do you have a bread machine? I don’t.
Well, I do, but it actually belongs to my son, so technically I don’t. But I have the use of one, which is just as good.
And just so you don’t mistake me, the only thing I use it for is making banana bread. All other bread (by which I mean yeast bread) I make from scratch with my own two hands, no magic allowed, if you don’t count the oven. Or the yeast. Yeast is a little bit magical, don’t you think?
Right now, while snow fills my driveway, the wonderful smell of baking banana loaf is filling my house. Can you smell it?? Yup, I know. You’re welcome.
So, do you have a bread machine?? If you do, here’s my advice: drop everything and go dig it out of the closet right now. Next, take a handful (that’s three) bananas out of your freezer. We both know you’ve got enough bananas in there to feed all the monkeys in the zoo.
I kid you not, the best banana bread in the entire world is made in a bread machine. I don’t know why, and I don’t care.
Here’s my recipe, which I have modified a bit from the original.
Nita’s Magic Bread Machine Banana Bread
In a big bowl, combine the following in the order listed:
- 2/3 cup milk (I used lactose-free milk because of some dairy issues I’m having at the moment)
- 3 mashed over-ripe bananas
- 2.5 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar (I use a scant cup because the bananas are so sweet on their own)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 2.5 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
Stir together and spoon into the bread pan. Insert the bread pan into your bread machine. Select Quick Bread. If you get a colour option, select medium. Push start.
Yup. It’s that easy. You’re welcome.