So since we’re having this veritable heat wave right now in the ‘Burgh the last thing I wanted to do was turn on the oven and cook. BUT… *sigh* by 9am this morning I was jonesin’ to cook… something; anything. Since Mr. Fantabulous was off in La-La Sleepyland I knew I couldn’t really make too much of a ruckus in the kitchen. As I was sitting at the kitchen table I happened to look at my counters; I mean really look. OMG… how in the hell did they get so just… cluttered and messy??? I mean the load of just crap I had on them… dear Lord! My Mama would have tanned my hide if she saw ‘em. So I drank my protein drink and rolled up my sleeves. Well okay that’s not true as I was wearing a tank shirt and it’s um sleeveless but you get the gist
Let’s just say me and Lemon Fantastic got real intimate.. I scrubbed the counters, cabinets, back splash and anything else that was in the way… *mental note: African Violets do NOT like Lemon Fantastic …Oops!*. Mmmm my kitchen was smelling awesome.
Woo hoo! Kitchen cleaning done.. NOT! I made the mistake and looked down.
I had more stuff stuck on the floors, spots and crumbs than actual tile… I think the person that broke in my house that ate of my watermelon must have put all of that onto my floor! Bastards! *wink*. LOL So out came the mop, bucket and Mr. Clean. That beautiful bald sailor man who smells FANTASTIC! Sorry Mr. Fantabulous but I cheated on you this morning with Mr. Clean. I couldn’t help myself. He was just lemony fresh and he made my kitchen floor spotless. Um and baby, I kinda liked it *blush* LOL
After I got that all done I decided to dirty my kitchen all over again. See as I was cleaning I was thinking of things I could make that wouldn’t force my AC to work overtime. And as I was cleaning I moved 3 bananas that HAD to be used today. I mean we’re talking HAD TO BE USED! They were so soft. To the point that when I was making this, I couldn’t peel the bananas but rather I had to ‘squeeze’ the banana out. It was that ripe. Then it hit me.. “ugh… I don’t want to turn the oven on. But I have to use these bananas. Crap! Now what?” Well as I was cleaning the lower cabinets I saw my barrage of crock pots.
Yes, I have a bunch of them. Honestly, I think I have 7, maybe 8 of ‘em. And yes, I use them all! So shush.. don’t judge!
Anyway, I thought I’d give that a shot; you know, making the bread in the crockpot. I mean I’ve made tons of desserts before in it as well as spoon breads so this shouldn’t be too hard.
I first turned on the crockpot to high. Thinking that I didn’t want the bottom of the bread pan to sit directly on the crock insert, I decided to put 2 tart pans with removable bottoms (bottoms removed) on the bottom. By doing this, it would allow for even air flow. Pretty smart, huh?
I replaced the lid and let it cook for about 3.5 hours on high. Now this cooked longer than normal only because it’s a big loaf and the pan was more than 3/4′s full. Next time I’ll only make it 1/2 way full. Or… use a smaller pan.
- It doesn’t rise as much as when it’s baked in the oven.
- The taste is really, REALLY good!
- It’s SUPER moist.
- DEFINITELY a make again!
Now, I’ve had a few people ask me how they could make this if they didn’t have a bread loaf pan. No worries… Really :) Well okay, unless you don’t have any empty tin cans.
Just take 2-3 empty tin cans with the labels removed. The baking time should be about 2-3 hours. Now these would be taller and round (DUH TKW! LOL). Now I think this would look amazing sliced in rounds, topped with caramelized bananas (think banana’s foster) and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 large ripe bananas
- 2 Tbl plus 2 teaspoons milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1cup mini chocolate chips
- Line bottom of crock pot with foil.
- Add 2 mason jar rings in on top.
- Turn crock pot on high.
- Grease bread pan with spray.
- Cream butter with sugars.
- Add eggs, one at a time.
- Add milk and vanilla.
- Add in bananas and beat well.
- In a separate bowl mix together flour, soda and salt.
- Gradually add flour mixture.
- Mix until combined.
- Add chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into loaf pan.
- Carefully place bread pan on top of the rings - watch so you don’t burn your hands or fingers.
- Cover crock pot with paper towels and place lid loosely on top.
- Bake for about 2-3 hours on high(this will vary as to how hot your crockpot runs).
- Remove the pan from the crock and allow to cool in the loaf pan for 15-20 minutes.
- Run a thin blade around the bread and turn out onto the cooling rack.