A fruit you dislike, and why…..

This is a really easy one for me. The fruit which if I was in any way able to remove it from the planet would be…..

Bananas.

banana

Yes, yes, I know, that’s weird, EVERYONE loves bananas etc but for me, they are just horrible. The taste is odd, the texture is mush (and therefore as I have teeth, not needed) and they aren’t even refreshing. I’m not a huge fan of oranges but at least they can be refreshing or covered in chocolate 😉

It’s something that as i’ve got older, I’ve tried to learn to like more foods (I hated olives as a kid until we moved to Spain, at that point, I was converted) but no matter how often I re-try this fruit. It’s always the same reaction.

I gag at the smell and then put it into my mouth, trying to avoid the smell and just focusing on the flavour. It never works. I’m able to eat it but there is no pleasure involved, at all which is sad. My partner loves bananas so thankfully if I ever get them from my fat club, I know that they will not be wasted.

Now, despite the fact that I don’t like bananas, this is a brilliant recipe for using them up and passing them on to others who will probably love the gift and the cake itself 🙂

  • 2 to 3 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

The easiest thing to do is just mix this all by hand, and if the lack of sugar is something you worry about I would suggest adding some chocolate chips whilst it bakes, makes a yummy topping too.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4×8-inch loaf pan.

2 In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.

3 Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour.

4 Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

5 Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then remove the banana bread from the pan and let cool completely before serving. Slice and serve.

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