Since I’ve only had three serious boyfriends in my life, I can’t really say I only become Betty C**ker when I have a breakup … because that would have only been three times. But I can say that every single time I get my feelings hurt by a man, which unfortunately is more frequently than I’d ever like to admit, I don’t find myself in a carton of my favorite Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip ice cream. I find myself in the kitchen. My baking skills became more than just a way to ease my heartbreak; it became the best way to get back in the game and meet someone new.
After the jump, find out how baking got me back in the game and a recipe for chocolate chip banana bread!I took up the nickname Betty C**ker when I broke up with my ex-boyfriend. He was a complete jerk — actually, that is an understatement! However, I was still an absolute disaster after our split and needed to find something to keep me busy. I had tried going to the gym, yoga, and shopping with my friends, but I wasn’t getting cured of my heartache. Then, one day I had the bright idea to start baking.
I whipped out my bowls, beaters, and spatulas to begin, then drove to the nearest supermarket and came home with the ingredients for cookies, brownies, cakes, chocolate chip banana bread, muffins and anything else that I did not need to eat. Soon I realized that I was no longer crying about some jerk hurting my feelings; I was snacking on chocolate chips. And that’s when baking became my way of getting over a heart-breaking.
Not only did my new hobby keep me busy, but it also allowed me to constantly meet new people, namely new men. I live on my college campus, on a block with guys everywhere. I have boys living in front of, behind, next to, and around the corner of me; I can honestly say there is at least one cute guy in each direction. Making all of these amazing baked goods opened a new dating door for me and, literally, my front door. It was beginning to get warm out, so I would bake with my door open. Everyone who passed by would smell something good in the oven and stop by for a taste.
Unfortunately, this is not a fairy tale. The cookies did not bring me a prince on a white horse carrying my missing wisk … but baking let me meet a bunch of new guys and become closer with some old ones. Most importantly, it allowed me to find a way to cure my inevitable heartaches.
If baking sounds like good therapy to you, then here’s the recipe to for my totally irresistible chocolate chip banana bread. But if baking doesn’t sound like the way to cure your heartache, what does? Let me know in the comments.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Makes 2 loaves (24 slices each)
You will need two loaf pans (9″ x 5″ x 3″ each), greased
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium sized bananas) — the browner and mushier the better!
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup chopped nuts, if desired
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix sugar and butter in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts or chocolate if desired. Pour into pans.
- Bake dough for about one and a quarter hours, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack or simply another plate if you don’t have a wire rack.
- You can add chocolate chips in the middle of the banana bread to make it extra delicious. After you’ve removed the bread from the pan, place it on a flat surface. Then, take a long piece of dental floss and place it halfway through the bread on the end (horizontally), slide the floss through the bread to cut it in half (horizontally). Remove the top half, place chocolate chips on the bread while still hot, place the top back on and the heat will melt the chips in the middle.
- Cool completely before slicing for best results!