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banana bread

i found this recipe from bostons flour bakery in a runners world article. i dont like using refined sugar so i replaced 1 cup sugar with 3/4 cup of fruit concentrate along with the low fat modification listed below. it lost a bit, too light. i should have isolated the changes.

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 1/2 bananas, very ripe, mashed
2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together first four ingredients. Beat
sugar and eggs with a whisk until light and fluffy. Drizzle in oil. Add
bananas, sour cream, and vanilla. Fold in flour mixture and nuts. Pour
batter into a buttered 9″ x 4″ loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes, or
until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 12
servings. Lower-fat version: Reduce oil to 1/4 cup, add 1/4 cup
unsweetened applesauce (260 calories, 9 grams of fat).

Calories: 310
Fat: 15 g
Carbs: 41 g
Protein: 4 g

ghetto reflow banana bread

solder reflowing is the method used to attach tiny surface mount chips to circuit boards. when this method is done properly it is very technical. i guess and do it while making banana bread.

my little sister’s Compaq Presario V3000 exhibited a common problem. if moved while operating it would crash, freeze or reset. eventually it would not power on. i found the service guide and disassembled the laptop unsuccessfully looking for loose connectors. next guess was broken connections between the surface mount components and the circuit board. not easy to fix. instead of throwing it away i decided to try ghetto reflowing the board while making banana bread. because i can.

1. strip down the motherboard. including cpu, ram, and fans
2. preheat oven to 350
3. make banana bread
4. place motherboard on a pan in the oven
5. turn the oven to 400 for a few minutes
6. shut off the oven and open the door to let it cool
7. do NOT move the motherboard until it is completely cooled
8. reassemble and enjoy banana bread

banana bread on top shelf motherboard on bottom shelf

booted and stable

banana bread dominated