"You know, you don't throw away a whole life just 'cause he's banged up a little." Tom Smith, Seabiscuit
Not just a good philosophy for life, it might also summarize the invention of banana bread. This weekend we had a couple of haggard looking bananas awaiting this noble fate (or the compost pile). They looked unappetizing on the outside-but their insides were still good.
The recipe I used comes from a cookbook I was given as a bridal shower present. It is full of recipes from all of my friends and family and the banana bread recipe was from my dear friend Jenni who developed it in Costa Rica (no wonder it's so tasty!).
Costa Rica Banana Bread Recipe
from Dos Chicas Bread Co.
1 1/2 cup flour (I do 1 cup regular flour and 1/2 cup wheat flour)
1/2 cup oil
1/3 cup orange juice
3/4 - 1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 bananas, mashed
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
Mix all of the dry ingredients together first.Then add the eggs, oil, orange juice and the mashed bananas.
Mix well but let the batter stay a little lumpy. Pour into lightly greased baking dish (I use a 1 quart loaf pan). In the oven it goes!
Bake for 45-55 minutes or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
You'll be so glad you didn't give up on those old bananas!