Banana Bread aka Delicious Procrastination

I had a story that needed to be typed and three over ripe bananas.  I did the only logical thing.

3 bananas, ripe, mashed
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, large
1/2 cup shortening or vegetable oil
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (the original recipe called for it, but I don’t add it)
1 teaspoon vanilla(I substitute chai concentrate, or add chai concentrate as well)

Preheat the oven to 350F

You can cook this in a 9×5 loaf pan, or as muffins.  Muffins take a lot less time to cook, but I never feel they turn out as well.   Combine the sugar, oil, and eggs.  Beat in the bananas.  Add the dry ingredients.  If you want, you can add a half cup of walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries, or some mix of all three at this point.

Pour into the pan and bake for 60 minutes.   Check for doneness via toothpick.  If done, remove from pan.  You’re supposed to let it cool, but if I waited until it cooled I’d never get any due to the number of friends I have that are half piranha.  Let it get to acceptably warm, then slice and let some butter melt on it a bit.  Enjoy.

I intended to take a picture to add to this post, but my aforementioned piranha friends have no appreciation for art.  So have a kitten instead.

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3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup vegetable shortening

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbls granulated sugar

2 tsp ground cinnamon

 

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a baking sheet

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt

In a large bowl, cream the vegetable shortening and sugar.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.  Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish.

Pinch off 1″ pieces of dough and roll into balls.  Roll in the cinnamon sugar and place 1 1/2″ apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 10-14 minutes until lightly colored.  Transfer to wire racks to cool.

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1 pound medium raw shrimp, shelled and deveined.

1 pound ground pork

1 can sliced water chestnuts

1/4 cup minced green onions

1/4 cup oyster sauce

1 tablespoon rice wine

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 packet wonton wrappers

1 egg, lightly beaten

Cooking oil

 

Toss everything but the wrappers, egg, and cooking oil into a food processor and puree until blended.  Place a spoonful of the filling into the center of a wonton wrapper.  Brush the edges of the wrapper with egg, then fold in half to form a triangle and pinch the edges to seal.  Brush the two opposite corners with egg and fold in on each other, pressing to seal.

Heat the oil to about 350F.  Deep fry the wontons, five or so at a time, until golden brown.  Takes about 3 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on the paper towels.  Try to let them cool off a bit before eating them.