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  • Writer's pictureCrazy Jar Lady

Smash It

Instead of getting the winter storm that the poor folks Northwest of us are, we are getting rain. Lots and lots of rain that is making everything soppin' wet. I've been working on paperwork all day. Supper is just going to be leftovers and I wanted a dessert to serve with it.

A couple ripe bananas have been sitting on the microwave staring at me for awhile now. I keep extras in the freezer, I just freeze them whole. Don't peel or anything. They won't freezer burn with the peel on them. Thaw while whole; in the microwave. Then you have overripe bananas whenever you need them. They can also be canned, but that is another post entirely.

I found this recipe online and have, as usual, tweaked it to what I have on hand. I don't have any loaf pans anymore, I lost them in the divorce. (Yeah, I know it's weird. Alot of that deal was weird.) That leaves me using a 9x13 pan to make this bread in. Since the recipe makes 2 loaves, it works out perfectly for a 9x13 pan.

Use whatever 15.25 oz cake mix you have on hand, white or yellow. (Chocolate would also be good.) There were some small eggs from the new-to-me younger hens and I ended up using 4 of those to equal 3 large eggs. I had canola oil on hand, so that's what I used a half cup of. There were 2 bananas on the microwave and I pulled 3 more from the freezer. They were all just medium sized bananas, about 6 inches long and 1 inch around. If the bananas were larger, I would have used 3 instead of 5. Just break them up using the hand mixer. Handsome really likes pecans so I can get away with making anything pecan and he will enjoy it. This was a heaping dry measure cup of finely chopped pecans. They could certainly be omitted if you're not a pecan fan. Chocolate chips would be good too!

I had thought I might add cinnamon sugar to the top but the batter thinking it could use the sweetness. I could smell the sweet of the overripe bananas and the cake mix combined when I was running the mixer and decided against it. Maybe some other batch of banana bread that doesn't use as much sugar in the batter.

Usually, I reach for my banana cake recipe when I have bananas going too ripe. I didn't want to take the time to fix the frosting and it takes a long time to bake. This solved the problem in a fast and tasty way!

What do you like to make with your overripe bananas?

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