The update is… the surgery went really well! So while I am taking it easy and getting ready for my little brother’s wedding this weekend, I thought I would re-post some of my favorites.
I can’t even tell you how many times I have made this banana bread – we LOVE it around here. I like to peel and freeze perfectly-aged bananas so when I want to make this I just have to thaw them.
So… here ya go… one of my “go-to” recipes.
You know those moments when you bake or cook something – and it is so good – and then you tweak it a little a few more times until you say – ok! That’s it! This is a keeper. And you just know that you will make that recipe time and time again forever more. You know those times?
Well – this is one of those times. My husband LOVES this banana bread. And THAT is what it is Bananananana bread. No one will mistake it when they try it. It is Banana-y and because of that, it is SO moist.
Here is what you need:
2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon (more if you really like cinnamon)
(Did you know that cinnamon is a natural food preservative? It can inhibit bacterial growth and food spoilage! Also it can help regulate the effect on blood sugar, as well as help lower LDL cholesterol. It can also help with arthritis and has an anti-clotting effect on blood!!!)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup of butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 cups bananas (over-ripe) – about 4 – 5 bananas
1/2 bag of your favorite kind of chocolate chips
1/4 cup of slivered almonds (optional)
1- Preheat your oven to 350 and Grease your 9 x 5 bread pan
2- Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together
3- In a separate bowl, add the butter, brown sugar and eggs.
4- Mash up the bananas and add them to the butter-brown sugar mixture
5- Combine the dry and wet mixture together. Stir just long enough to mix everything well.
6- Add the chocolate chips and the slivered almonds
7- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean.
Here is what it looks like just out of the oven.
I put it out on my deck to cool. Right next to my little seedlings. Can you tell what they are?
Cosmos (left) and Sweet Peas (right)
And as I am out there…. I notice that something is happening in my back yard….
Oh! Hello Mr.! Look at how he is staring me down. He’s not going to win the stare-off!
Oh look! He has a girlfriend. (Come to find out they had been frolicking in my front yard eating my TULIPS!)
Fences are definitely not built to keep deer out of your yard.
Whoa. Looks like we’ve got the whole herd here today. They are so beautiful – except when they are eating my tulips! Turns out after some investigating, I have 1 left! 1 tulip left!
Wait… what’s this?
Its Mr. Wonderful.
What is he doing you ask?
In my Lilly of the Valley no less?
Getting vengence for my lost tulips.
Isn’t he cute?
And it worked. Who knew that last year’s fireworks are also pest control?
He earned his banana bread.