Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Banana Bread


Around our house it’s hard to eat all the bananas I buy before a few start to turn an unattractive brown and no one wants to eat them because they’re overripe. At that point I stick the whole banana into the freezer. When I want to bake banana bread I just take a few out and place them in the sink to thaw. When they are thawed I cut off the end and squeeze the bananas into a colander, then mash them with a potato masher. A few minutes in the colander will allow excess liquid to drain off, and they are ready to use.

This recipe is from an October 4, 1983 issue of Woman’s Day, and is a Bisquick recipe.

ONE PAN BANANA BREAD

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 large)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs, slightly beaten
2 1/3 cups Bisquick baking mix
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of loaf pan or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add all ingredients to pan and mix with a fork to blend. Beat vigorously for 1 minute. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides and remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

I wrapped the loaf in foil and placed it in the refrigerator overnight so it would be much easier to slice, but if you just can’t resist its yumminess, go ahead and devour it immediately.
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Today’s Tips are all about bananas. This versatile fruit is good for much more than just eating! 

1)  Rub the inside of a banana peel on insect bites, cuts, scrapes to aid healing and ease discomfort or itch.
 
2) Tenderize a roast by placing a peeled banana in the roasting pan with the meat.

3) Rub shoes with the inside of a banana peel, then buff with a soft cloth. Instant polish.

4) Remove ink stains from skin by rubbing with the inside of banana peel.

5) Clean leaves of houseplants with the inside peel.

6) Dried peels make good mulch for plants.

7) Blend 2 very ripe bananas, 1 avocado and yogurt. Use as a facial mask or a hair treatment. Leave on 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

8) A frozen treat – cut peeled banana in half and insert a popsicle stick into the cut end. Lay on waxed paper and freeze. Remove and dip into melted chocolate, butterscotch or peanut butter chips. Roll in chopped nuts, coconut or sprinkles if desired. Refreeze.

9) Use mashed bananas to replace all or part of the saturated fat when baking. In doing this you may want to adjust the sugar that’s called for due to the sweetness of the banana.

10) This is the strangest of all! Rub your teeth with the inside of a banana peel for a couple of minutes twice a day. It’s said to whiten your teeth in about 2 weeks. (I don’t think I’ll be trying this one!)
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Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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