Waste not, want not. I believe that. Also, I can be lazy. These are the pillars of this post.
I’ve been testing recipes for our Polynesian supper club coming up next weekend. As part of our soup course, I need to prepare a roast pork shoulder with a papaya seed rub. This past Monday, I was experimenting with my recipe. And I was left over with a glass baking dish with some delicious drippings and grease. I swear, although its horrible for you, there is almost nothing which smells and tastes as delicious as pork fat. You think there is…prove it!
Anyway, I also had two bananas going bad which I needed to use up. I decided to make banana bread. But…I only have one loaf sized pan and it was currently being used with the small test pork roast. Hmmm….
To be lazy, I don’t like doing dishes. (WHO DOES??) To waste not, I wanted to use both the delicious pork flavor on the glass dish and the bananas which were going bad. Why not put them together!! I decided to make a banana bread and just put the batter right into the glass dish once the pork roast was done!
I left some of the pork grease in the bottom and put my banana bread batter right into the dish to bake and fuse with the caramelized porky yum.
The result: banana bread with a slight hint of the savory salty sweet flavor of pork. I also added a lemon glaze. Delish!
Here’s the basic banana bread I used:
Basic Banana Bread
- 2 brown bananas
- 1/2 c. butter
- 1 c. flour
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp salt*
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 3/4 c. sour cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp whiskey
- 1 c. confectioners sugar
- 2-3 tbs lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mash bananas in a bowl.
- Cream butter and sugar together with a stand or hand mixer until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs 1 at a time to butter and sugar and mix.
- Mix dry ingredients together.
- Add to butter/sugar/eggs and mix together.
- Add bananas, sour cream, vanilla and whiskey.
- Pour into your pan greased loaf pan (the pork fat is not manditory).
- Bake until tests clean with knife or skewer test. About 45 – 60 minutes.
- Prepare glaze by mixing together two ingredients.
- Spread glaze over cooled loaf.
- Eat it, obviously!