The pantry is the food industry’s way at making us buy bulk spices, pastas, and grains we’ll never use, and just about anything else that will take months if not years to use!
However, we need a pantry! It’s our go to place for our baking essentials, condiments for our sandwiches, and oils for our cooking!
Many years ago I tried baking a kitchen sink cookie, which is pretty much an oatmeal-esque style cookie with odds and ends from the pantry (nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruits.) It was pretty good, a melange of ingredients that on their own stand out, but mixed together create a harmonious blend that makes a perfect cookie.
Considering that, I looked around my kitchen this morning and saw 2 overripe bananas, a Granny Smith apple, the remnants of a bag of dried cranberries, an almost empty box of golden raisins, and a half a small package of slivered amonds.
I guess you could call it “Nutty Banana Cran-Apple Raisin bread,” but I liked, “Kitchen Bread” better.
I didn’t even want to use the kitchen aid. This is a one bowl recipe! Give those triceps a workout!
Very easy. Preheat the oven to 350.
Butter a 9 x 5 loaf pan (full size)
Mash 2 overripe bananas together. Add 1/3 cup organic sugar and 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 4Tbsp very softened unsalted butter, and 2 eggs. Mix all of that together with a wired whisk. If it looks like vomit, you’re on the right track! 😉
Then add to that, 1 1/2 cups of organic whole wheat flour (or gluten free AP flour.) Whisk to combine, and now it looks like the bread/cake batter it should! Add 3/4tsp kosher salt,1/2tsp baking powder 1/4tsp Baking Soda, and 3/4 tsp cinnamon. Give it another whisk!
Now add your left over goodies, I did 1/3cup cranberries, 1/3cup golden raisins, a skinned Granny Smith apple chopped, and about a 1/3 cup of slivered almonds. You could add shredded coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, dried cherries or apricots, the possibilities are endless!
Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, insert a bamboo skewer to see if it’s done. Let cool for 10 minutes. Invert, let cool on a wired rack and immediately give it away to a friend, neighbor, or loved one before you eat the entire thing!