… we will all start to freak out about how close Thanksgiving is. Then we will freak out about Black Friday. (Well, I won’t.) Then Cyber Monday. (Well, I won’t.) Then Hanukkah. (I kinda will, due to my status as an honorary Jew.) Then Christmas. Not Kwanzaa. ::shrug::
Point is, the year is coming to an end faster than a banana ripens.
(Nice segue, eh?)
But I don’t freak out about bananas. When they get ignored and too mushy to eat, I store them in the freezer. Then they are at my immediate disposal for goodies like this. And this. And this, of course.
Unfortunately, they’re not pretty.
Save your jokes.
Or what the hell, go ahead in the comments.
I’m getting ready for the holiday insanity. I’m making doughs and storing them in the freezer. I’ve ordered my bulk chocolate and cocoa. I’m making mini test pies (and self-inducing sugar comas).
I’m making Cranberry Orange Banana Bread.
For youuuuu! <3
Cranberry Orange Banana Bread
6 very ripe bananas (if frozen, allow to thaw)
2 cups sugar
1 cup non-hydrogenated shortening, vegan butter substitute, or butter, softened
zest of two large oranges
1 tsp orange extract
1/2 cup milk or non-dairy milk, mixed with 2 tsp cider vinegar
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 12-oz bag fresh cranberries
1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8×4 loaf pans. (You can use 9×5 but the loaves won’t be as high.) In a large bowl, combine the bananas, sugar, shortening, orange zest and extract. Beat everything together for a few minutes, until bananas are pureed and the mixture is uniform. Mix in the soured milk.
2) In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Fold into the wet mix along with the cranberries.
3) Divide the batter among the loaf pans. Bake for about an hour, or until a wooden skewer tests clean.
You can store these babies in the freezer until you want to serve or give them away as holiday gifts. The recipe is easily halved if you only want to make one loaf. A great finishing touch would be an orange glaze. Just take some juice from the zested oranges and mix with powdered sugar until you having a nice drizzling consistency.
Lets hear it for easy, painless holiday goodies.
::tiny bunny applause::
P.S. Happy Veterans Day!