So I was cleaning out my fridge…and THIS happened.
Honest to Goodness I have no idea why I though ginger and bacon would taste good together. Let alone with bananas. I don’t even know why the hell I thought it would be a good idea to saute the ginger beforehand…but we do it with garlic and stuff, so why not? The batter even looked pretty disgusting and I wasn’t sure what to make of the smoky gingery aroma…so this totally could have been a disaster. I have a lot more of those than I’d care to admit. Cooking with random crap is…well…a crap shoot. But DAAAMMMNNN!
Smoky. Spicy. Sassy. Savory with juuuuuust the right amount of sweetness from the banana. Perfect–and I mean puuuuuurrrfect–with a nice hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning.
For something I was totally expecting to trash, not too shabby, huh? The loaf was gone in 36 hours. GONE. And Ross is in Boston… Whatever. All this election coverage has been stressing me out.
OH!! As always…please don’t let the pictures fool you. Thank to all of you who made some awesome suggestions for setting up my pictures to make my food look, um, edible. I’m experimenting with some makeshift light-box stuff but am clearly still riding the photographic short bus. Thank you for your patience. You’re all good friends 🙂
1/2 c Coconut Flour
1 t Salt
1 t Baking Soda
1/2 c Ground Flax
3 Very Ripe Bananas
3 Thick Slices Bacon (Organic and Pastured!!)
3 T Fresh Ginger, grated
Fry the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels and chop into small bits. Set aside.
Drain off all but a little bit of the bacon grease. Toss the grated ginger into the frying pan and saute for about 1 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly browned.
Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside. Mash the bananas and beat in the eggs. By quarter cup-fulls, add the dry mixture and mix well until completely combined. Fold in the bacon bits and ginger.
Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.** Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
**To make it easier to get the loaf out of the pan once it’s done baking, line the bottom with a strip of parchment paper. This seriously changed my life forever.