Frank and I have this bad habit of forgetting to eat our bananas, so eventually they go brown on the counter. Except I don't really mind that much, because that means I get to make banana bread.
^^Thanks Mary for the pretty blue and white loaf pan, and Sukie for the wonderful "Made in USA" metal one!
Yesterday I was flipping through my cookbooks trying to decide which recipe to use for the four very, very ripe bananas in front of me. Should I use the Williams Sonoma recipe? Or the Betty Crocker one? Each recipe only called for two bananas, but I had four...
A lightbulb went off in my brain. What if I made both recipes?
I consulted with Frank, who loves banana bread. He was game. So last night I went on a banana bread baking frenzy. The things you do to keep busy when your husband is studying for the bar exam.
This morning I sliced up about 2/3 of each loaf and put them on a plate to bring to work. I needed a larger sample size than just Frank and me. We liked them both equally.
I put the plate out in the office conference room and used Post-it notes to label them "Recipe 1" and "Recipe 2." Then I wrote in big letters, "Which do you like better?"
You can see that they look pretty different in this photo—the Betty Crocker recipe is on the right.
My co-workers are being so awesome about it, discussing the merits of Recipe 1 and Recipe 2 as seriously as though it were the presidential election. I love my office.
The jury is still out, although so far the Betty Crocker recipe is winning. I'll keep you posted!
Update: Everyone voted for the Betty Crocker recipe—it was a clear winner. Recipe here, just substitute chocolate chips for the nuts. Let me know if you get a chance to make it!