Dead Banana Pumpkin Bread

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Adorned with a pretty disaster

Forgotten in your face.
We scatter around in realization 
That we have time, space. 

If there is beauty in the forgotten

And if there are holes that lie,
The stranger will come around
And he will know that we still try. 

- Sara Astley, 2010

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Chalk it up to being an October baby, but I really adore autumn. The muggy-Michigan air cools, everything is dying, and cliche as it is there is beauty in the decay. As the snow slowly melts here in Detroit, the once vibrant leaves of the fall are now exposed scraps of wet paper bags-mulch-which will soon be scraped away to make room for new growth in the upcoming months. There is a reason why we are always drawn to transitional seasons: beauty in death, beauty in rebirth. 

On a more complex scale, it is fascinating to see this happening in the Forest Park area of Detroit. Where there was once beautiful, inhabited homes along St. Aubin prior to the mid 60's, there reigned several years of decaying buildings, shells of houses with graffiti and holes adorning the walls, the echos of what they once were. In recent years, a lot those dilapidated buildings have been gutted. Abandoned homes have been torn down. Non-profit organizations like Recovery Park Farms moved in and began to fill the holes with herbs, vegetables, and fruit. Urban gardens replaced burnt-down houses that sat for years. The rebirth of something completely wonderful from the decay of something beautiful-as well as the inspiration for the poem, Holes.

As I stood on the kitchen staring at the pile of frozen, black, dead bananas in the freezer that resembled something that one of my brothers let marinade in the toilet, I decided that I too could make something beautiful from something dead: pumpkin banana bread. Bringing a taste of fall to a cold, spring weekend.

Dead Banana Pumpkin Bread:

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 16 oz can pumpkin pie filling
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9x5 bread pan. In a large bowl, mix together the banana, eggs, oil, pumpkin, honey, and sugar. Combine the rest of dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then mix with pumpkin mix. Pour batter in prepared pan.

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when poked into bread. 

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This Friday is going to be our second B. Horror Movie Night and we are going to live-tweet "I Know Who Killed Me". Join us for a live-tweet of this quality film by tweeting at us @FoxyCatCoven and using the hashtag #BHorrorMovieNight. We will be starting at 9:30 EST and the movie is available to rent both on YouTube and Amazon, so, go do the thing!

Also! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for a special announcement later this week, we have something really cool that we are working on for you spooky kids, so you won't want to miss out. Lastly, let me know in the comments what your favorite baked banana goods are so that I can put the large stash of dead potassium in my freezer to good use. Until next time, keep it creepy.

All photos by Foxy Cat Coven


  1. Use flax eggs and you've got me

  2. Yes, transitions are beautiful. It's why Detroit interests me so much. With change comes opportunity for creative new ideas. Oh, and I like anything with bananas in it!


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