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Comet



Joined: 12 Aug 2008
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 10:41 pm    Post subject: Overripe bananas? Reply with quote

Hello all,
I have a great banana bread recipe, and I always use overripe bananas like it says. I have the urge to make it today, but only have ripe bananas.
How important is it that they are overripe?
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swan



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

not too important!! Go, make the bread, send me a slice and please share the recipe?? I LOOOOOOOOOVE BB!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The flavor may not be quite as intense as the recipe would like, but I say recipe shmecipe. The only problem I can forsee is if the banana is too firm, but depending on the recipe you can just mash the daylights out of it with a fork for the proper consistency.
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Comet



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I made it. it was still pretty good, but as Erin said not quite as intense as usual.
I'm sorry Swan, it got devoured, so I didn't get to send you a slice! i do howevere, have some banannas sitting in the dark trying to ripen some more for the next one. The last ones were a bit tedious to mash. I'll see if the next loaf lasts any longer!

I'm adding the recipe...do I do it here or in the recipe box section? I'll have a look around... Smile
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Comet



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I added the recipe in the recipe box section. Hope you love it as much as I do!
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wdillsmith



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you need to speed up the ripening process in the future, try putting the bananas in a brown paper bag with an apple. Apples give off some kind of chemical that will makes the bananas ripen more quickly.
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Comet



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! That's really helpful. I try putting them in a dark cupboard but it doesn't seem to speed it up much. Now I have a use for those bags they put the wine in! Laughing
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Deni



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Comet,
If you peel your not too ripe bananas and place them on a non reactive sheet pan, brush to coat with some soft unsalted butter and then roast them in a hot (375) oven for about 30-45 minutes what you will get is an intensely flavored banana that doesn't look too pretty but tastes sensational. Use this for your banana bread, pancakes or even a smoothie or two. Don't be bothered by the dark bits as they add to the overall depth of the flavor.
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