It seems that I am always buying too many bananas. Honestly I love bananas but I’m more into throwing one in an afternoon smoothie rather than choking one down in the morning. My intent is always there though and as I know my wife enjoys…
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There is something to be said about ripened bananas. Typically these over ripened bananas get tossed away in our house as the kids will not go near them. What they don’t know, is that I take those bananas and make bread out of them. Funny to see how they do not go near the things, however they devour the slices of warm bread. This recipe is extremely easy to make, and creates a delicious loaf of bread, one that is dense and moist. Serve this with a sweet glaze and it is sure to be a hit not only with adults, but kids as well.
- 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 cup of vegetable shortening
- 3 ripe bananas
- 4 eggs, beaten
- Dark Rum (optional)
(cook time: 1 hour)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Now, with your mixer (hand or KitchenAid), beat the shortening, sugar, bananas, and eggs. In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix well. Slowly begin to the flour mixture to the other mix. Add about a quarter cup of rum, more if you like. You will now have your mix ready. Lightly butter a bread pan, and add the mixture to the pan. Cook in the oven for nearly one hour, possibly longer depending on your oven. Test the readiness by inserting a knife in the middle of the bread. If it comes out clean, you are good to go.
Once removed from the oven, carefully remove from the pan and let cool for nearly fifteen minutes. This is the hard part, waiting. During the cooling period, add about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar to a bowl. Begin to water to the sugar to make a glaze, one that is not too thick. Add to the top of the loaf, wait a few minutes for the glaze to set, then slice and enjoy.
The title says it all. It’s a mouthful of awesomeness. I have been wanting to make a bacon and peanut butter sandwich for my oldest kid for some time. I only wanted to make it because peanut butter and bacon are probably his two favorite things to eat. A peanut butter sandwich is packed in his lunch on a daily basis, and he probably dreams of bacon, he loves it so much. Unfortunately my oldest kid is going to have to wait for this sandwich to come around again, but my daughter, on the other hand, was fortunate to see this sandwich be created.
See, last week it was my turn to stay home with her as she was coming off a pretty bad cold. As she watched Strawberry Shortcut on television, and I worked remotely on my laptop at the kitchen table, lunch time was growing near. As I often scan the pantry and refrigerator for things to create, I remember how I had been wanting to make this sandwich, and I thought it would be a nice pick me up for my daughter. After all, she loved the classic peanut butter and banana sandwich, and she likes bacon (who doesn’t), so I decided she would be the one to devour this treat.
Let’s get started.
Ingredients: [Print this Recipe] (Serves 2, or 1 if you are totally hungry)
- 2 slices of good country white bread, 1/2 thick slices
- 4 slices of Nueske’s bacon, cooked
- 1 whole banana, sliced
- Creamy peanut butter
- Reserved bacon fat
Begin by taking a slice of the white bread, and brush on some of the reserved bacon fat from the cooked bacon (yes, I said it) on the outside of the slice.
Place one slice of the bread, bacon fat side down on a large skillet. Spread a decent amount of the peanut butter onto the slice of bread. Top with two slices of the cooked bacon, add the sliced banana on top of the bacon, then top with two more slices of bacon. Take a bit more peanut butter and spread on the remaining slice of bread, and place peanut butter side down on top of the bacon. Brush a bit more bacon fat on to the top of the bread.
On medium heat, begin making your sandwich. Keep an eye on the bottom by gently lifting it up to make sure you get a nice golden brown exterior. Once you achieve that, carefully flip it over, and cook on the other side until golden brown.
Remove it from the skillet, and plate it up.
Now if you have ever had a peanut butter and banana sandwich, well, this one tops that. For one, it is warm and creamy, and two, it has some wonderful, smoked Nueske’s bacon.
Biting into this sandwich yields nothing but excellence. An awesome and crunchy exterior unveils this warm and creamy interior that when paired with the fruitiness from the banana and the smokiness from the bacon, well, make it, and you can see where I’m going with it. It’s just wonderful. A bit messy to eat, it is a great one to enjoy with a kid, and I believe this sandwich really cheered my daughter up.