You know that t-shirt…the one you have had for years, it has holes, it is so faded you can barely read what it says, and chances are your spouse has been trying to throw it out for years. It is the shirt you go for when you aren’t feeling well, when you had a bad day, when you need some comfort. It isn’t pretty, you wouldn’t go out in it, but you will never throw it away. To me, a baked banana is the worn in t-shirt of the dessert world.
This recipe came to me from a flyer included in CSA box in Boston. It is the easiest dish ever and it is oh so good. When you bake a banana it turns into this custard-like, creamy, decadent treat. The house becomes permeated with a scent similar to baked banana bread. The banana becomes this perfect vessel for flavors like cinnamon, chocolate, peanut butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, and even butter. It is not the dish you are going to make for a dinner party, it is the dish your going to make to eat in front of the tv wrapped in a blanket. What I also love about this dish is it satisfies the sweet tooth without busting the gut. With dishes like this…my 60 day quest is a piece of cake (or a piece of baked banana)
Preheat oven to 350. Place the entire banana still in the peel in the oven. Bake 10 minutes. The peel will turn black and get slightly puffy. Remove and carefully cut the peel. Remove and serve the banana. Yes it is that easy.
Top the banana with whatever floats your boat. Some of my favorite combos are: warm peanut butter with cocoa powder, Butter with brown sugar, Cinnamon and cocoa powder, or just maple syrup. Have fun and may I recommend eating it while wearing your worn t-shirt.