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overripe bananas

charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 10:32 AM

Can anyone suggest ideas and/or recipes for using overripe bananas?


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    Athena RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 10:57 AM

    Banana bread. The riper the better.

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      enrevanche RE: Athena Feb 21, 2005 12:37 PM

      Dead-ripe or even slightly overripe bananas are wonderful in banana pudding.

      - er

      Link: http://enrevanche.blogspot.com

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      AimeeP RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 11:08 AM

      Bread, muffins etc. are all best with over-ripe bananas. If you don't have time throw them in the freezer peel and all nd thaw to use later. I also use them in homemade dog biscuits.

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        charm city nosher RE: AimeeP Feb 21, 2005 11:35 AM

        Thanks for the suggestions. I have a followup question: since bananas are so sweet, can you cut down the sugar in the bread/muffin recipe?

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          Lee RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 12:35 PM

          Use brown sugar in the banana bread and you can cut down the amount by half. Also, I haven't tried using Splenda, but I imagine it would work well.

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            Adrienne RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 12:43 PM

            There are some recipes that specify for very ripe bananas -- so then you wouldn't need to guess at adjustments.

            Banana Bread

            Banana Coffee Cake

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              Grace RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 01:55 PM

              I just made banana bread using seriously overripe (you could squish out the flesh from the peel like toothpaste) bananas, and I cut the sugar from 1 cup to 3/4 cup. The bread turned out beautifully. If you cut the sugar down any more, the texture might suffer.

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            ju RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 11:41 AM

            You can wrap them individually in cling wrap, then place into a ziplock bag and freeze. They're good for making smoothies - just pop one or two (don't thaw) into the blender with other fruit and juice/yoghurt/milk and blend.

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              miss RE: ju Feb 21, 2005 02:16 PM

              be sure to peel before freezing

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                Jess RE: miss Feb 21, 2005 07:14 PM

                I don't peel them. Leaving the peel on prevents some freezer burn. To thaw, I let them sit on the counter for about a minute (or if I'm really impatient, nuke for 10 seconds) and they peel easily.

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                  kc girl RE: Jess Feb 21, 2005 09:32 PM

                  Just a note: better to thaw a minute on a plate or in the sink rather than just on the counter if you have grout and tile. A ripe bananas thawing after freezing leaves a dark, watery mess. I know a few that don't think of that and it's a pain to clean and really ugly if you don't

                  But, I'd leave the skins on, too. All you need is an outer thaw to get the skin off, the banana stays a better color, and the smoothie is a little colder from the frozen banana.

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              Curtis RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 11:44 AM

              Banana cream pies are best made with ripe bananas.... mmmm

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                Betty Botox RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 12:13 PM

                When I have overripe bananas I use them in oatmeal. I cut them up and put them in with the cooking oatmeal. They melt into the oatmeal and taste fantastic with butter and sugar on top. Great comfort food.

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                  ValL RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 12:37 PM

                  We love Elvis sandwiches, grilled peanut butter and banana, I dont add the honey, its fine just like that. I also mash some in with my Farina, which is dinner sometimes for me

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                    kc girl RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 02:08 PM

                    Banana ice cream. Needs no mcahine, just a freezer. The recipe linked below is delicious.

                    Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

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                      ValL RE: kc girl Feb 22, 2005 11:51 AM

                      OHHH Thank you, thank you. I will buy bananas today and on Saturday I will be eating Banana Ice Cream

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                        kc girl RE: ValL Feb 22, 2005 11:56 AM

                        The recipe is 10Xs better when the bananas are almost brown ripe. Good luck Saturday.

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                          ValL RE: kc girl Mar 3, 2005 11:03 AM

                          Thank you! I bought the bananas on last Wed, they werent ripe until yesterday (Wed) and not as mushy as I wanted. However, the ice cream had a really intense banana flavor. I would have wanted a little more creamy taste with it but it was absolutely amazing. Now I remember doing this with Hershey Syrup years and years ago. Eventually I got an ice cream maker but only used it once. So, I cant wait for Strawberries, Peaches......... Yum. I also love making Granite, maybe I will try making Banana Granite now that Im thinking about it. THANKS A MILLION KC GIRL!

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                            ValL RE: ValL Mar 3, 2005 11:11 AM

                            I forgot to ask, have you ever used the low-fat Sweetened Condensed Milk and Half & Half instead? I will try that next time

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                      miss RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 02:18 PM

                      the banana cake recipe in 'the cake bible' is super good.

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                        Smokey RE: miss Feb 22, 2005 09:45 AM

                        I've tried making this recipe a couple of times and have never been very successful. I like the idea, but don't like the recipe.


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                          miss RE: Smokey Feb 22, 2005 11:14 AM

                          What? Tell me what you did. Did you use room temp butter? Did you make any substitutions?

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                            Smokey RE: miss Feb 22, 2005 11:27 AM

                            Honestly, I don't remember what I did, although i know the second time I tried the recipe I took care to do everything exactly as RLB stated. I actually posted on my experience looking for advice/feedback (got some from RLB herself, or somebody claiming to be here). Nonetheless, my bottom line was that it was not a great recipe.


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                              miss RE: Smokey Feb 22, 2005 02:54 PM

                              insightful, witty and hilarious response edited. oh welllll. TRY THIS RECIPE (not you smokey).

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                        peg RE: charm city nosher Feb 21, 2005 10:08 PM

                        ....seriously good. The chunky texture of the bananas mashed with a fork make all the difference. Avert your eyes from the amount of butter used! ;o)

                        Link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

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                          AGM/Cape Cod RE: charm city nosher Feb 22, 2005 05:01 AM

                          NOTE: I love this recipe for using up very ripe bananas. Since I don’t like my bananas past slightly green, I put the ripe ones in the freezer peel and all. When I use them for this recipe all I do is remove, thaw them and squeeze them into the bowl. They are already pureed.


                          Unsweetened cocoa powder
                          1 3/4 cups plus 2 Tablespoons sifted unbleached flour
                          3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
                          1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
                          3/4 teaspoon baking soda
                          1/3 teaspoon salt
                          3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
                          1 1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
                          1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
                          3 eggs, room temperature
                          1 1/2 cups banana puree (about 5 large very ripe bananas)
                          1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
                          Powdered sugar

                          1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325 o F.
                          2. Liberally butter an 8-cup bundt pan and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. Tap out excess.
                          3. Sift next 5 ingredients (flour through salt) into a small bowl.
                          4. Using an electric mixer, cream butter. Add brown sugar and coffee powder, beat until light and fluffy. Scrap down bowl.
                          5. Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat two minutes. Scrap down bowl.
                          6. Mix in dry ingredients alternately with banana puree, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
                          7. Fold in chocolate chips.
                          8. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake until cake is firm to touch in the center about 70 minutes.
                          9. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert onto rack and cool completely.
                          10. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.

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                            JudiAU RE: charm city nosher Feb 22, 2005 12:00 PM

                            Tha banana cake recipe in the Cake Bible is great.

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                              smokey RE: JudiAU Feb 22, 2005 04:24 PM

                              As earlier, I disagree that this is a good recipe. Here's a link to an early post in which I asked for feedback on trouble-shooting it. I'm including the link because it includes some other recs for banana cake that might work better....


                              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                                JudiAU RE: smokey Feb 23, 2005 12:13 PM

                                I think the cake is lovely, with a delicate texture and a depth of banana flavor. It was the first cake I made out of CB, which I have owned for years. Really pleased with it.

                                I am sorry your cakes haven't turned out well. If I recall correctly, I baked it on the longer side because when I did the toothpick test, it needed more time.

                                I use professional pans, an old oven, and no magic strips. I will say that I use a natural sour cream. If you were using one with addititives it might have affected your cake.

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                              Krissywats RE: charm city nosher Feb 24, 2005 08:01 AM

                              I just made the muffins linked below with two almost completely black bananas - they are FANTASTIC - seriously, 8 of them haven't lasted four days (and there's only two of us). The coconut and banana are a perfect match. I undercooked just slightly and used half whole wheat pasty flour (and added a touch of milk - I like moist muffins).

                              Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

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