I'm excited to announce a new weekly feature here on Tikkido: The Hungry Games. It's pretty much a battle between recipes, and only one can be victorious. It was inspired by my incredible pastry chef/microbiologist mother, who has taken to taste testing multiple recipes for the same item in order to find the very best to make part of our collection. And for our very first entry: Banana Bread.
We test four or so recipes, from blogs, from friends, from our vast collection of cookbooks. We bake them all up at the same time, and have as many people as we can con into helping do a blind taste test and fill out a survey.
Often, there's a clear winner. Sometimes, there's a tie, as in our banana bread face-off. In that case, we look to the complexity of the recipe. If one recipe is less fussy and easier to prepare, it's declared the winner. That's what put my Grandma Berta's recipe at the top of the heap in this contest.
It's classic, it's easy, it's fast, it's delicious, and it uses up old bananas past their prime for eating. Does it get any better than that?
We always have bunches of bananas in our freezer. Whenever we have a banana that gets a little too ripe for us to eat fresh, we throw it right in the freezer, peel and all. They last forever, it seems, and they defrost really quickly once you take them out of the freezer. If you freeze your bananas like we do, I would caution you to let the bananas thaw out in a bowl, because they will make sticky puddles of banana juice as they come to room temperature.
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