It is a well-known fact that banana bread is one of the easiest things to bake. It’s forgiving, it’s delicious, and, perhaps most importantly, it’s quick (they don’t call it a quick bread for nothing). But this week banana bread got even quicker because Pillsbury just released a new Cut & Squeeze Banana Bread Batter. I have SO many questions. Namely…
What is this? Do we need to add anything? Does it have any banana in it? Could you poke holes in the packaging over hot oil and make a weird banana funnel cake?
All equally important and relevant questions, but let’s begin at the beginning. Cut & Squeeze Banana Bread Batter is just a tube (looks much like Pillsbury Cookie Dough or a salami) of banana bread batter. It is fully ready to go in the oven, all you have to do is cut the end of the tube, empty the batter into a loaf pan, and bake it for about an hour. No mixing, no measuring, no getting flour all over your cat, laptop keyboard, and succulent, nothing. Plus, according to Pillsbury, the batter actually does contain real bananas, so this shortcut does, at this point, seem to be legit. As for the funnel cake question…it honestly seems dangerous and also I’m only about 50% sure it would work, so I say maybe hold off on that one until some professional on the internet tries it out and gives us all the go-ahead.
You can get this Pillsbury banana bread batter at Albertsons, Safeway, and Publix stores now, and it will expand into even more stores later this month. One tube costs somewhere in the ballpark of $6.74, which is the cost of 2 ¾ pieces of banana bread at Starbucks, so at least financially, it seems pretty worth it to give it a try! And while I am an avid baker and certainly don’t need this product, I absolutely want to try it. And hey, if it turns out to be good, it can’t hurt to have a tube of it laying around for when you, a.) want fresh banana bread, and b.) have absolutely zero desire to wash dishes (which, let’s face it, is always).