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The Great Golden Week banana bread baking
2020.05.14

I spent Day 1 of Golden Week with a huge spring clean - any time used make my living space more comfortable is time well spent. The main event of Day 2 was baking banana bread!

I know I'm late to the party; banana bread baking has become insanely popular since the pandemic began back in March, but I shall not complain for still being thankfully employed and very busy in this time. I am grateful. With Golden Week however, I had extra time to use, and so decided to catch up with this 'latest trend'  and do a bit of baking myself.

There seems to be tons of banana bread recipes online these days and  I used one from a popular Instagram comic account - "Hubman and Chubgirl", because it was relatively simple and came recommended by my girlfriend. I got most of my ingredients in one trip to the local Don Quixote. As for utensils, Oakhouse Kajigaya is amazingly stocked, so I really didn't have to buy anything. I did purchase the loaf pan though.
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Let's get started :

1) Pre-heat oven.

Ok so this part is pretty cool/confusing; because theres a pretty high-tech oven in Oakhouse Kajigaya that comes with pre-set configurations. Many pre-set configurations for all sorts of meals. Under the confectionery section we have some 20 odd types of breads, cakes and desserts. Unfortunately, there wasn't banana bread, so I went with pound cake and hoped for the best.
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2) Mix 'wet' ingredients

Cream together room temperature butter and sugar. I had left over a pack of maple syrup from previously making pancakes, so I reduced the sugar and added that in.

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Then mash in bananas and eggs. So, I messed up and broke in one of my pre-boiled onsen tamago that I made for my usual meals... Well if this is the only mistake I make, it's pretty mild.
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Something seems off...

3) Sift and mix together dry ingredients.
Flour, Baking soda and salt.
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4) Combine wet and dry ingredients.
At this point you should get sticky  mix with desired lumpiness of bananas.
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5) Pour into parchment paper-lined loaf pan.
I've seen people just press the paper into the pan. Easy. But the architect in me demanded I nicely fold and cut up the parchment so everything falls in place nicely with a good over hand for easy removal. It's really not a lot of work, I highly recommend it.
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Occupational Hazard.

6) Bake at 350° for 1 hour.
Or just wait if you got one of these Japanese ovens.

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7) Enjoy!

The result was pretty good if I may say so myself, I was a little worried because the oven set itself for 45 minutes, so I extended the cook time manually by another 10 minutes. It came out really nice!
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The great thing about cooking is sharing your creations with others, so I gave out the banana bread to everyone who was in the kitchen at the time, leaving myself with just 3 pieces... There usually isn't that many people at once,really. I enjoyed this baking experience, and hopefully I'll get to do it again during another long weekend soon.

 

 
Date posted :
2020.05.14
Poster :
Lester

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I'm an aspiring architect pursuing/living my dream of working in Japan.
I work in Tokyo, but live across Futagotamagawa in Oakhouse Kajigaya, Kawasaki.

Working in Japan is hard, but there's lots of opportunities to play hard as well.
I hope to share a little of my experience with everyone through this blog.