Monday, April 28, 2008

Ebony & Ivory Banana Baked Goodies


Q: Why two different kinds of banana baked goods?
Bullshit A: There are two sides on every coin, there's good and there's evil, there are plusses and there are minuses...yada yada yada...blablabla...(absolute rubbish LOL)
Real A: My oven capacity only allows me 1 batch of 6 servings at a time, and I have 10 small emperor bananas (1 batch requires 5) *_^

Q: Why Ebony and Ivory?
A: Because I was being a smart ass, thinking that combining all my favorite ingredients, peanut butter, nutella, chocolate chips and bananas, which resulted in the Ebony version would be pure genius, and...nope! All the additional ingredients overpowered the poor banana. We still kinda like 'em, though. Loved the touch of peanut butter and they were still moist, just don't bite into any choco chips, or that would be all you can taste.

The "less is more" version turned to be this perfect pale shade of Ivory, soft, moist, and very banana-ey. I am not taking sides here, but the crowd (i.e: a handful of people) loved the Ivory more

Q: Why "Baked Goodies"?
A: The last time I tried calling something "muffins", they turned out to be a "cake". I was contemplating calling the ebony ones "bread" but I am not even sure what "bread" or "cake" is, and for once I didn't feel like looking it up. So, guys, tell me know what they are from the recipe....I was THIS close to calling them banana thingy


- 1 cup self raising flour, sifted
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp peanut butter, melted, 1 tbsp nutella
- 1 tbsp oil (mine is olive & canola mix)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 handful of semi sweet chocolate chips
- 5 small emperor bananas, roughly mashed

Preheat oven 175C. Mix flour, sugar and salt in 1 bowl, mix the rest of ingredients in another bowl, make a well in the middle of flour, add the liquid ingredients, mix well. Brush cake mold with oil (I was using rectangular aluminium disposable mold, this was before I got my muffin tray), pour mixture into mold (3/4 full), bake for 25-30 minutes of until toothpick inserted into the "thingy" comes out clean.

Baking Blooper #1
I missed out 1 MAJOR ingredient here, guess what was it and win a little something?...^_^

- 1 cup self raising flour, sifted
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup tbsp oil (mine is olive & canola mix)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- 5 small emperor bananas, roughly mashed

I made these the same way as the ebony version, just using different mold (I finally bought me a little muffin tray! YAYYYY!!!) with muffin paper cups

Baking Blooper #2
Those who watches "Top Chef Season 1" might remember that in one of the challenges, Miguel confused salt for sugar...I watched that episode NOT thinking "This could happen to the best of us" but bitchily thought "How could THAT happen?!! I bet that won't happen to me". Yeah yeah, I should've kept my arrogant little mouth shut, cos doing this Ivory version, I too pulled a Miguel and had to throw a batch of flour. LOL! Luckily I realized it before mixing all the ingredients or going ahead baking it....or my sous chef's family would have to nod and smile their way pretending that the super salty banana thingy was tasty! LOL

I am submitting this for the Banana Bread Bake Off at Not Quite Nigella


daphne said...

The Ebony... at first i thought u forgot the butter but I assumed that the oil + peanut butter + nutella mixture should be moist enough. Was it Walnuts that you missed? Or perhaps vanilla/banana essence?

Anonymous said...

Hi Rita,

The ebony seems yummy. Perfect couple for Teh Botol Sosro haha...
Btw, can we find self raising flour in Indonesia? If yes, what is it called in Bahasa?

Ben said...

Hmmm this looks delicious, but I can't think of the missing ingredient. I would say baking powder, but you are using self rising flour. Oh I know what it was... MILK. :-P

Elle said...

It would be tough for me to choose a favorite--they both look so good!

Mama Mia said...

YEa... Ive done that before. Mixing up salt and sugar hahah. Except I didnt realize until the peanut butter cookies came out disgustingly salty! Your banana thingys look great! :)

Anonymous said...

You are so funny...and yes there are two sides to every coin...but what was missing???

As a fav, I think ebony.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hmmm...the first one looks like a banana bread.

Mu guess is you are missing the sugar. But still looks yummy though!

test it comm said...

Looks good! Banana bread is one of my favorites. I will have to try a banana bread with peanut butter!

Unknown said...

hi daph..hehehe good guesses but not those ^_^

hi farah, i think you can try searching for it in english, it is basically flour which has been mixed with baking powder

hi ben, haha! u got me your shipping address, will ya?

hi elle, hehe yeah, you can make both versions at once :)

hi lina, owhhh i totally understand the feeling hehe

hi cathy, i missed MILK, as pointed out by ben hahaha

hi ching...looks like bread eh...i need to find a baking glossary hehe

hi kevin, yeah i think peanut butter is good with anything hehehe

SIG said...

My guess is sugar. I love the ebony ones though.

Anonymous said...

I think you should call it a banana thingy! Or Ebony & Ivory thingy... it rhymes too! :-)

Anonymous said...

Riittt....kayaknya enak banget nih, kapan2 aku mau coba yaa..:D...

thanks for the recipe :D

Cakelaw said...

Lve both the ebony and ivory versions. I'm glad you realised the salt/sugar mixup in time!