Compost Worthy? For some, yes. But for me, NO!
When I see bananas coming to the end of their lives, I do get excited. While others look at their squidgy, rotting bodies in disgust, I look at them with inspiration and joy. I will volunteer myself to save them from the compost and, either, put them in the freezer for another time or make something then and there.
Today, after feeling the need to bake something and not settling completely on something, I remembered the stash of bananas in the freezer and yelped in glee. Out of the freezer those bad boys came and I sat them in the kitchen window, in a pool of early Autumn light, to defrost. Banana Date Loaf it is. This recipe is for 2 loaves. They keep very well, tightly wrapping baking paper and in an airtight container.
5 squishy, nasty looking bananas
450g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
150g melted butter
1/2 tsp Heilala vanilla
1/2 cup dates
2 tsp Heilala vanilla
pinch of salt
water to cover
Preheat oven to 170C.
Prepare 2 loaf tins by spraying them with grease spray and lining with baking paper
In a pan, place the dates, vanilla and salt. Cover with water and place on the stove on a medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 mins, until the dates are all soft and the water is almost completely gone. Mash with a spoon and set aside.
In a bowl, place the bananas and mash well. I actually did this with the electric hand mixer. I also like leaving a bit of chunk too. Good for texture.
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt. Add in the sugar and mix well.
Crack the eggs into the bowl with the bananas. Add the milk, butter and vanilla and stir to combine. Mix this into the dry ingredients and pour into the prepared tins, smoothing over slightly. Blob the date mixture along the loaves and place in the oven. Bake for 30-35 mins until golden brown and the knife comes out clean when inserted.
Cool in the tin and while still warm, cut a few slices and serve with chunks of butter and sea salt. Ohhhh yes! Now, aren't you glad that you didn't place those bananas in the compost!