How many frozen bananas do you currently have in your freezer?
#100daysofcooking, Recipes

Day 9: Under the B, bourbon and bananas


Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Bourbon


How long have those bananas been in your freezer?

Yeah, I’m asking you. Since I have no idea at all how long these bananas have been hanging around in mine.

I’m not a fan of bananas, apart from when I am training for a long-distance race. I also have some affection for that Friends episode when Phoebe changed her name to Princess Consuela Banana Hammock.

But I digress.

When the kids visit, we buy bananas. They sit on the counter until they get speckly, then they make their way into the freezer for an ice-age eternity.

Anyway, today was D-Day (er, B-Day) in the kitchen. I checked out recipes for banana pancakes (shudder), bananas in smoothies (boring), then came upon a recipe for Deb’s Jacked Up Banana Bread.

I don’t know Deb (she’s at smittenkitchen.com), but God bless her, she took a Simply Recipes recipe and added bourbon. Among other things.

I took her jacked-up recipe and kicked it up one more notch — some chunks of Oaxacan chocolate brought back from our holiday in Huatulco.

Yes sir, we have no more bananas.

OK, that’s a lie. We have one more frozen banana. It will be probably become a smoothie.

Kitchen castoff used

Three frozen bananas.

Spiced banana loaf with bourbon and Oaxacan chocolate.
Spiced banana loaf with bourbon and Oaxacan chocolate.

This is how we did it

Ingredients

  • 3 – 4 mashed bananas
  • 1/3 cup salted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup demerara or brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp-ish bourbon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 ¼ cup flour

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the bananas and melted butter. Important: make sure the bananas (if they were frozen) have warmed up to room temperature. Mine were still very cold and of course the butter immediately reconstituted. Not game-changing, but it made mixing a pain.

Add the egg, vanilla, bourbon and spices. Combine well. I threw in my Mexican chocolate chunks at this point.

Sprinkle baking soda and salt on top of the batter, then mix in. Add flour and combine.

Pour into buttered 4 x 8 loaf pan. Bake about 50 minutes; use a toothpick to test for doneness (insert into the loaf, if it comes out clean, it is ready. If it isn’t clean, a few more minutes.)

About my 100 day project: 100 days of cooking, using forgotten or cast-off kitchen ingredients.

If you like this, you might enjoy previous posts about my #100daysofcooking

Have you done a 100 day project? I’d love to hear about it

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