It involved an overripe banana, an unsuspecting fan, and a sweet, fruity bundt. It’s a scavenger hunt for the digital age, a social media saga of Homeric proportions: Chrissy Teigen’s week-long quest to make the perfect banana bread. She traversed the internet and the city of Los Angeles.
The story begins in a place the cookbook author and celebrity chef knows well: Twitter. In September, she took to the social media platform to crowdsource browning bananas, the most necessary of ingredients in a successful banana bread, in exchange for an exclusive gift. Soon enough, what began with a query ended in triumph as her fans jumped to the rescue, sufficiently browned bananas in hand. Tiegen sent her mom/assistant to collect the spoiled spoils from Twitter user @bymeg. Follow the entire thread here:
If I bring 4 perfect bananas to the thai temple today can I take 4 brown bananas from the mini Buddha house offerings? Making banana bread— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 17, 2017
True. 5 perfect bananas https://t.co/2mjkxB7uK5— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 17, 2017
My mom just goes "yeah of course you can" thai people literally make stuff up as we go along it's fascinating— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 17, 2017
ok this banana thing is getting ridiculous. don't tell me your banana browning hacks. just...if u have 6 BROWN bananas in the LA area lmk— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 21, 2017
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. please send me a photo of u holding the bananas, giving the peace sign— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 21, 2017
banana submissions are now closed. thank you guys so much I will send the runner ups some banana bread once done— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 21, 2017
already home. that was...so fast. I will now do all grocery shopping like this pic.twitter.com/DLAzKvDezI— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 21, 2017
Well, the results of this confounding, but wildly entertaining, Twitter thread have finally come to fruition—Teigen shared the much anticipated recipe for her “Banana Bundt Bread” on Instagram. The recipe, tested using some stranger’s bananas, will appear in her forthcoming sophomore cookbook, Cravings 2. According to her Instagram, the book is in its final week of recipe testing. Whether or not the crowdsourced banana bread recipe will feature remains to be seen. In the meantime, we can only try out the recipe for ourselves. Who knows, perhaps it will climb to "best banana bread on the internet" status.
Heading into the final week of recipe developing for #cravings2!!! You guys have been such a huge part of this one...I've loved seeing what you guys enjoyed making the most and learning what you want more of. You guys...are awesome. And I miss posting food. I'm going to instagram a lot more freaking food and if you don't like it you can suck it! Love you. 🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌
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