The Great Golden Week banana bread baking 2020.05.14
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.
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.
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.
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.
Something seems off...
3) Sift and mix together dry ingredients.
Flour, Baking soda and salt.
4) Combine wet and dry ingredients.
At this point you should get sticky mix with desired lumpiness of bananas.
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.
6) Bake at 350° for 1 hour.
Or just wait if you got one of these Japanese ovens.
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!
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.
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.