Well... I try to anyway.
Recently I made what I considered to be a valiant attempt at making some baked banana chips. I took inspiration from the ladies at A Beautiful Mess, who posted an incredibly simple recipe for Sweet & Salty Banana Chips back in March (pin here).
I mean.... like a really, really simple recipe. So simple that it seemed like it would be a douche move for me not to try it out myself.
Here's what you need:
- as many not-quite-ready-to-eat-yet, under ripe bananas as you feel like dealing with
- some brown sugar (I was so gung-ho about trying this recipe that I actually went out and bought myself some brown sugar. God knows I didn't have any on hand.)
- sea salt & pepper (Didn't have sea salt, so I used regular table salt and it wasn't the end of the world. Believe me, the salt wasn't the problem with what happened next.)
Here's the embarrassingly simple step-by-step that I still somehow managed to maul:
1. Slice bananas thinly - but #FORGODSSAKE not too thinly. Mistake #2.
2. Coat banana slices lightly (Mistake #3) with brown sugar on both sides.
3. Put a bit of olive oil on your
4. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, until the edges are becoming crispy.
5. Eat the hell out of it.
I couldn't get them off the foil!!! Those tiny little discs of sweet/salty banana goodness would not come up - the centers were all stuck to the sheet. It got to the point that tiny bits of foil were beginning to come up with the banana as I tried to finagle them off the baking sheet. At that point I knew I couldn't risk feeding myself or my darling David any foil-ladden banana chips. (I hear they're not as great as Activia is for your digestive system.) The entire sheet of foil - delicious looking banana chips and all - ended up in the garbage. #WompWommmmp
Drat. They looked so golden. They were so aromatic. The chips that I did manage to remove from the foil were such a perfect mixture of sweet and salty... And the cracked black pepper was such an amazing touch.
Ultimately, I'm not going to buy a silpat mat. Maybe some parchment paper would do the trick? I've got to try making these banana chips again. Now that I've had a taste, I need more!!
If you want to see how it's supposed to turn out, check out A Beautiful Mess.
Want to have another laugh at my expense? Check out my Argyle Nail Fail.