The other day I had an incredible urge to bake. Sometimes, if I have not cooked or baked in a week or so (and heating up frozen fish fillets or baking potatoes are not things I would consider to be “cooking”), I just have this urge to make something. Part of it stems from baking being a form of entertainment–I enjoy putzing around the kitchen. Also, I like creating something useful–everyone uses food.
Well guys, I finally did it…I have been swept up by the mass hysteria and have outlawed gluten from my diet. GASP!!! How can this be? (You may wonder.) The simple thing of it is, I have long suffered various chronic digestive symptoms that typically were not crippling enough to warrant any serious evaluation.
I don’t like waste, and in the food service industry it is not uncommon to see food go to waste, as not everything always sells before it becomes unsalable.
This was the case with some bananas that were in our fruit basket. They had simply become too ripe. The were headed for the trash can, unless someone wanted them. They did not seem to be in high demand amongst my fellow employees, so I volunteered to find a higher purpose for them than the landfill.
And thus I created this vegan (I still have a whole box of egg replacer!!) banana bread. You could bake it into a load like a typical bread, or you could follow my lead and make petit muffins or mini-donuts.
When I was a little kid (and I still lived in the northeast), I remember going to various bakeries with my mom (Swiss, German, Italian bakeries all served rainbow cookies, only the French ones didn’t, as they offered petit-fours, which I guess is like a French rainbow cookie in a way). And during every bakery visit, I always headed straight for the rainbow cookies.
As I stood surrounded by the dark wood-paneled (sometimes Bavarian stylized) bakery walls, admiring those colorful little rectangles behind the glittering glass pastry case, and smelling the aroma of warm sugar, all I could think about was how magical it all seemed.
It was through those early bakery trips that I came to fall in love with rainbow cookies.