The Secret to Really Good Banana Bread
Preheat your oven and pull out your favorite banana bread recipe, because this trick means never having to wait for bananas to ripen on the counter again.
Banana Bread on Demand
Is there anything more annoying than finding yourself with a craving for banana bread and absolutely no ripe bananas in sight? Well, the wait is over. Just follow these three easy steps and you’ll be on your way to banana bread bliss.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and arrange your bananas on a baking sheet.
Bake the bananas for about 30 minutes, until they become soft and the skins turn black, then remove the tray from the oven.
Voila! They bananas are now soft, sweet and just as good as if you had been ripening them for a week. Mash them up and bake away!
When you’re baking with bananas, ripe bananas (in particular) offer a wide array of benefits.
If the bananas are ripe, they’re much easier to mash and incorporate into the batter of the cakes, muffins and cupcakes.
They’re also sweeter, as more of the starch has converted to sugar. Whether you’re looking to test out a new banana bread recipe or you want to add a naturally sweet flavor to your banana pancakes, knowing how to quickly ripen yellow bananas can really come in handy.
Maybe you’re looking for ideas on how to ripen bananas quickly so you can throw together your banana inspired dream recipe. Here is a list of five ways to make sure you get a squishy and sweet banana in no time.
Learn to ripen yellow bananas without turning them into over ripe, mushy bananas.
Don’t Separate the Bunch of Bananas
It’s been said that a bunch of bananas ripens faster. So don’t separate them individually; instead, keep them together and allow them to ripen naturally in unison.
Warm Spot Method
Banana ripening can be enhanced when placing the fruit in a warm area. Put them above your fridge, near a heater or in the sunshine.
To ripen your bananas in the oven, put your unpeeled bananas (as long as they aren’t green) in the oven at 300°F. There’s a chance they may leak (so place a baking sheet beneath them), but you’ll know they’re finished when they become black and shiny (usually about 15-30 minutes).
For this method, poke through the peel’s skin with a knife or fork. Microwave the banana for 30 seconds or so. Allow it to cool and if it’s not yet soft, place it back in the microwave (continuing to check on it in 20-second intervals).
Paper Bag Method
Put your bananas in a paper bag and loosely close it. This will help build up the ethylene and hasten the ripening process.
Now go and make the best banana bread you can!