Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Banana Bread that Broke My Oven

So often times when we buy bananas there are at least a couple out of the bunch that start to brown. Now even though I don't bake, this being my grandmother's recipe is one that I have actually used more than a handful of time unlike most of the others I've tried only once or twice.  It is a simple recipe if I've tried it more than once, trust me.  I'm not big on bananas but this bread goes faster than hotcakes when we go to visit her which is why she always had some extra on hand in the freezer.  I can never get it quite the way she can do it but this time it turned into something different entirely...

My Grandma's 
Banana Bread Recipe: 
Pre-heat oven to 350
2 eggs
2 Tsp sour cream
3/4 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp Salt
3 ripe bananas
2c Flour
1c Sugar
1/2 c Crisco
Pour into bread pan and bake for one hour.

I set the oven on 350 while I put the ingredients together but when it came time to put it in the oven, the bugger was still cold...not even warm at all and certainly not the 350 I set it at.  I swore a little in my head and went to tell  my husband who kindly told me to "Try it again, will ya?" 

Now I know most times it is operator error and I'm no oven expert but pre-heating an oven couldn't be done wrong could it?  Of course I took the manly advice and turned it off and back on again for a 10 minute pre-heat - which of course failed the second time as well..

By this time, my husband was the one in the kitchen swearing and trying to take the oven apart to find out what the problem was, coming to the conclusion that we probably needed a new one.  So now I have the mix all ready and no oven so I go to find out if I could freeze the stuff..I texted my mom, aunt and sister and got these responses:

Aunt: I would call grandma on this one..
Mom: I don't know, you better call uncle Bob.
I don't think my sister even responded - if she had it probably would have been some smart remark about me actually baking something..

Which is why I also put the question to twitter and got huge responses about NOT freezing it and making pancakes out of it instead.  So I give you twitter inspired Banana Pancakes!  They were a bit dense for pancakes but the kids loved them..

They might have made better pancakes if I thinned them out a bit with milk but I didn't want to start adding stuff only to have to throw it away.  Thick pancakes are better than no pancakes!

So now I have a broken oven until after the holidays unless Santa decides to surprise me..this the first year I had an itch to actually bake some stuff for a change.  Let's just say I won't be entirely lost without it for a few weeks and yet I still find myself buying stuff like cornbread and cake mixes forgetting that it doesn't work.

What recipe have you tried that ended up something other than what it was supposed to be?  Forgotten an ingredient or decided it wasn't necessary because you didn't have it?  I know you have...I want to hear about it!


Suzanne Tyrpak said...

Baking in the Rocky Mountains is always a challenge. I can mix together the same ingredients, in the same proportions, and get completely different results depending on temperature, weather...who knows what?

Jessica said...

My oven always stops working in the middle of baking. My husband is going to attempt to fix it this weekend. I might need to call a repair man as back up.

Brittany Stewart said...

I wouldn't mind trying those pancakes, I am a lover of all things banana.
Sorry to hear about your oven, though I probably wouldn't mind being without it around the holidays. Valid excuses for not cooking, right?

Sarcasm Goddess said...

Pretty much everything I make ends up horribly wrong or goes at least mildly awry. I try to laugh about it, but there is usually much cursing and throwing of things. The husband stays far away from the kitchen when I cook. I love banana bread. I'm going to have try your grandmother's recipe.

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I have read that on certain packages that it will cook different in different climates...I guess I never believed it..

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Mine didn't get too far before he decided it's just dead - I would line up that repair man you know it's not gonna turn out good. :)

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Exactly - I'm glad I don't host anything!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I have that problem a lot too - the throwing and the cursing especially. If you do try it, let me know how you like it!

30Amber_:) said...

So no oven until after the holidays? Are you guys going some where for Christmas dinner? I'd go insane with my oven. I mean total mental break down. :)

Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Oh darn oven! I recently wrote a post about how my coffee cookies turned into poop. I had to throw everything away :)