The dough after about an hour of rising. I got a little excited and started this much earlier than I needed to.
I forgot to take a picture of the pizza sans toppings. This was the last slice and I had already put chipotle tabasco on it. If you haven't tried the chipotle tabasco, I highly recommend it.
I was pretty bored today, so at some point I decided we needed something sweet. I ate the last of the chocolate chip cookies tonight and had just seen a picture of some really yummy looking banana bread on tastespotting.com (this is my FAVORITE website for recipes). I had 4 very ripe bananas in my freezer, so I made cinnamon swirl banana bread. Something I learned today: don't add melted butter to slightly frozen bananas, it kind of defeats the purpose of melting the butter. The final product was really good, but the batter looked a bit funny with butter chunks in it.
Yes, that is cinnamon and sugar on top. There is another layer inside.
This was the finished product. The cinnamon-sugar layer on the top got flaky and yummy. Although, careful taking it out of the pan, the topping might fall off. The outside looks a little dark because I use a non-stick pan and my oven is the worst...
Recipes after the jump...
1/2 cup warm water
1 packet yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
1 1/4 cups water
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
- Combine the 1/2 cup warm water and yeast in a small bowl. Let bloom for five minutes.*
- Add 1 1/4 cup room temperature water and oil. Combine
- Stir flour and salt in a separate bowl. Slowly add the liquid to the flour mix. Don't add it all at once.
- Use your hands to knead the mixture together. It takes a few minutes to get all of the flour incorporated into the dough.
- Cover the dough with a damp paper towel. Let rise for 1 hour.
- After the hour, punch down the dough and then split in half. Put cornmeal on a pizza peel (a really great tool for making bread and pizza). Sprinkle the top of the dough with a little flour and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until its as thin as you think you would like it, mine was probably 1/4 inch.
- Add toppings and place in a 400 degree oven on a pizza stone that has preheated with the oven.
Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
From: Sandwich Hoss
For the bread:
3-4 over-ripe bananas, smooshed up (I used 4, for extreme moistness)
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar (I think I used more like 3/4 cup)
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1 1/2 cups flour
For the swirl:
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbs cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350. Butter and four a loaf pan. Mine was 9 x 5, but you could use any sort, I suppose. Just keep a close eye on it in the oven, and adjust the time as needed
- Mix bananas, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together. sprinkle baking soda and salt around on top of the banana mixture. Then gently stir in flour. Be careful not to over-mix!
- In a small dish, mix together the 1/3 cup sugar and 1 Tbs cinnamon.
- Add 1/2 of the batter to the loaf pan and then sprinkle half, or a little more than half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture all over the batter in the pan. Add the rest of the batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar on top.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, but remember, if you’re using a different-sized loaf pan, be careful and keep a close eyeball on it!