I made banana bread today. Yay, me! It tastes yummy:) Maybe that is because I put chocolate in it. Behold, the magic spell, for beginners:
--1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
--1/2 cup milk
--1 cup butter, softened but not melted
--2 and 1/2 cups sugar
--2 teaspoons vanilla extract
--3 and 1/2 cups flour
--2 teaspoons baking soda
--1/4 teaspoon salt
--2 and 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (brown and spotty and a little soft)
--2 cups chopped walnuts (not too small, but not half-walnuts)
--2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 and butter two loaf pans. If you don't do this, there are dire circumstances, like bread that won't come out of the pans.
Pour the lemon juice into the milk and stir until the milk is curdled. This smells bad, gets thicker, and clumps just a little. Set it aside, but not in an inaccessible place.
Beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until it is creamy. Add the eggs and make sure it is all mixed thoroughly. I use a Kitchen Aide thingy of my mum's instead of the traditional pewter cauldron, so it isn't much of a chore to mix stuff. The more you mix the eggs, the tougher they get, so go easy on them.
Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt, and then add the butter-sugar-vanilla to it as well as the curdled milk. Then stir in the bananas and the walnuts. And the chocolate.
Pour the batter into the buttered pans and then bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick or a knife in and it comes out clean.
Let it sit until it cools or you will get a crumbly mess of falling-apart-banana-mush. Put the loaves on a rack to cool them, and then when they are relatively cool, slice and snaffle.
Recipe helped along by a Green Thumb cookbook but certainly adapted from it.
Ha. I have vanquished the kitchen. Mwahahahaha.