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
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.