Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Classic Banana Bread

Hi Deweese,

Oh man, I loooooove Miss Piggy! And Kermit. So, so much. That preview looks awesome. I can't wait!

So I've got yet another reminiscing post for ya. Let's just call this "nostalgia days" at 75th + Sedgwick, shall we?  Check it out: this past weekend my mom sent me some of her delicious banana bread that I've been eating since before I can remember! Uh-huh...

The recipe comes from my Grandma. It's a unique yet basic in that there are no extras... no raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips. Nope, just banana bread. And I love it.  I was so happy and surprised to find out that Nick's mom makes her banana bread the same way! That's right, kindred spirits by way of banana bread.

Few other foods remind me so much of being at home. Growing up we usually ate it plain but every once in a while with peanut butter on top for lunch. YUM. After getting a taste this weekend, I was craving more and spotted some riper than ripe bananas in the bowl in the middle of my kitchen table....

Game on. And here's the simple, simple recipe in case you'd ever like to make it:

Grandma's Classic Banana Bread

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking power
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 or more ripe bananas 

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. Combine the first three ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. 
3. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Then add this to the butter mixture and beat just until combined. 
4. Add bananas and vanilla and beat until combined. 
5. Bake one hour and enjoy! 

I think its a wonderful housewarming, bringing home baby, or just a "thinking of you" gift. Especially because it can be frozen and tastes just as great. Maybe a "you survived a scary earthquake" present?


PS:  For those of you that enjoyed the Lisa Frank reference on Monday, check this out. It might be revealing as to just how bizarre my sense of humor can be... but I find that hilarious.

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