8.20.2011

Dirty Bananas...

You know,
you just never know
what a 2 1/2 year old will say
or call things
sometimes.

I. LOVE.THIS.AGE.

A few weekends ago G'ma & G'pa Gervais went for a visit to Beckham's house.
His Momma & I were having a discussion about bananas,
I have no idea how we got on the topic of bananas...
dirty bananas...


Yep...
according to Beckham
these are "dirty bananas"
and
he won't eat a "dirty banana".

There cannot be any signs of brown spots on them
anywhere.
However,
he loves his Momma's banana bread...
we just won't tell him,
will we?

I came home from work yesterday,
saw those three bananas
and thought I probably should do something
with those
"dirty bananas".
The dear husband just bought them.
Is it me,
or do bananas ripen faster then they used to???
Or is this just an aging thing...
talking about me here,
not the bananas
{sigh}

I'll never look at a ripening banana again, without a grin
and thinking
of this little sweet heart.

I will admit, there is a small window of opportunity for when I think a banana is best for peeling & eating. This window of opportunity is about a couple of hours long. Can't be too green, and it can't be too yellow, not too firm
and not too mushy,
and
I'm right there with Beckham...
I don't like to peel and eat a "dirty banana"...

I read in one of my cooking magazines that if you break the bananas apart they will not ripen so quickly. I think this works...now the dear husband thinks this is just a crazy old wives' tale.
It does work,
trust me,
he just doesn't know what he's talking about...


MARGARET GAZDA'S BANANA BREAD
3 tablespoons margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
3 ripe bananas
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Cream margarine and sugar, add egg. After thoroughly mixed add sour cream. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl and gradually add to the mixture. Smash bananas with a fork and add lemon juice, stir to mix. Add bananas to dough, mix thoroughly.

Mix 1 tsp sugar and 1/4 tsp cinnamon and sprinkle on top of bread. Bake 25 - 30 minutes (I use the tooth pick test) at 350 degrees. NOTE - I always use the foil mini loaf baking pans. I feel the bread gets done in the middle at the same time the tops are nice and brown....larger pans get so dark on the tops before the middle is done....this is my solution to this problem and this batch makes 4 cute little personal pan loaves of bread! I call them personal because I can sit down and eat a loaf all by myself {sigh}

Banana bread, still warm from the oven,
slathered with strawberry cream cheese,
yes,
I like to have a little banana bread
with my cream cheese
;-p
Y-U-M...
a match made in heaven!

Have a good weekend everyone,
Brenda

14 comments:

gracie said...

I don't eat dirty bananas either~!
I must try the recipe...not sure about the cream cheese though!!!!

Wendy said...

How timely, I just purchased banana's this AM. Will be giving your recipe a try....sounds yummy.
Wendy

Teresa said...

The banana bread looks delicious, I like lots of buter on mine. Don't care much for "drity bananas" either.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Penny said...

Perfect timing. I have some "dirty bananas" on my counter right now. Off to make some banana bread.

Cindy said...

We go through a lot of bananas, but sometimes they sit long enough to get dirty:) I will give breaking them up and see if that keeps them longer. Thanks for the recipe.

Cindy

map said...

:) My dtr. has convinced her kids that the bananas taste the best when "dirty" :). Truely they are the sweetest, but I agree with all that do not like "dirty" bananas. I plunk them in the freezer when they get "dirty" and then use for bread, smoothies. Good way to save money spent on good fruit!

Ann said...

You are so right about that window of opportunity to eat a banana! I often say I need a butler to run to the store and buy one banana a day and I'd always have a perfect one - it could be a three day cycle. I will try breaking them apart - anything to keep them from getting dirty! Thanks for sharing. ~Ann

TheCrankyCrow said...

Love, love, love it!! Bless little Beckham's heart - think he's on to something here!! I'm not fond of dirty bananas either...and it seems like everything else around here, our bananas are always dirty!! I'll have to try your recipe - I have one I really like, but yours has sour cream....one more thing to love....(But, strawberry cream cheese....? Really???) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

BrendaS said...

Thanks for the recipe. Sounds good.

I don't eat "dirty bananas" either. I like them just so, not too green and no spots!

Cute story about your grandson:))

mdgtjulie said...

I never would have thought to put sour cream in banana bread!!! We have an old family recipe somewhere...

BARBARA said...

Don't you love it when these little people come up with their own words to describe things...my little granddaughter calls butterscotch candies, "buttersquashes" and I hope she never changes it(she will, of course) but I love it for now!

Entre puntadas e hilos said...

This recipe sounds and looks delicious, I will give it a try.

I would like to share a litte story about babanas. When my 2 brothers and I were little children, my grandad used to prepare a dessert made of sliced bananas and condensed milk. It was a treat and he sliced only 1 or 2 bananas, so we used to quarrel a lot to get the last bit. My grandad passed away nearly 20 years now but when my brothers and I talk about him we ALWAYS remember his smile while we were eating that dessert.

By the way, I've tried to make it myself but it just doesn't taste the same...

Anonymous said...

John just seperated the bananas on the counter....he must have read it somewhere too. I did not say anything about reading this at the same time he was pulling apart the dirty bananas. He will eat them at any stage unless they are totally black. I like mine so they are yellow on the outside but have black seeds on the inside. Your Sis.

Jeanie said...

In line at a grocery store in Amsterdam and the woman in front of us was enjoying a banana. The banana was almost black-she ate some of the peel too. We stared a little-couldn't stop watching. My kids and I were a little grossed out! She seemed to really enjoy it though:/