Saved! Burnt Banana Bread!

4 Feb

I hate my oven. I hate my oven. I hate my oven.

Okay, so it beats having to gather wood and light a fire every time I want to bake something, but it is just not good. I usually use my parents’ oven for baking, because my pint-size one heats so unevenly it is diabolical.

But, I used it the other night because I was too lazy to go anywhere and sure enough, our double batch of banana bread was burning on the outside before cooking on the inside.

Then I remembered a reader tip I saw in Cook’s Illustrated magazine (I do not remember the issue date or who submitted it!). I lowered the heat and cooked them through and the next morning, when the loaves were fully cooled, I used a medium cheese grater and grated off the burnt bits! Then I sliced and wrapped some up for Leandro’s wonderful caregivers and no one was the wiser.

Victory is mine!!!!!


6 Responses to “Saved! Burnt Banana Bread!”

  1. Marcie February 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    I have a great oven, but choose not to use it often. Rather I have a counter top toaster over that I picked up for less than $100 (a lot less if I recall) and use that ALL THE TIME. I make banana bread for my little guy weekly. Great for lots of things. I use mine daily.

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy February 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Hi Marcie! thanks for visiting! I also use my toaster oven (very fancy and beloved Breville) for most of my needs; but I tend to make banana bread in massive quantities for freezing, so I dared the regular oven this week. That didn’t quite work out except for the MacGiver solution!

  2. twbarritt February 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Don’t let that oven beat you!

  3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide February 5, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    What a great tip!

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