Scrumptious Banana Bread

The other morning when I was at my good friend’s house, she had just pulled banana bread out of the oven (how she makes banana bread while dealing with two kids on a school morning amazes me to no end!). She offered a piece, and although I had already eaten breakfast, I couldn’t say no. And HOLY crap, this was the best banana bread ever. Thankfully, she sent me the recipe and here it is!

 

This is how I bake....6:30 am on a Sunday morning, in my pajamas, totally disheveled, with my little baking partner (my 4 year old), with flour all over myself. But at least I am wearing FEATHERS undies.

This is how I bake….6:30 am on a Sunday morning, in my pajamas, totally disheveled, with my little baking partner (my 4 year old), and flour all over myself. But at least I am wearing FEATHERS undies. (I promise you this photo was not staged — Ken took  a photo of me because he said it looked ridiculous with the hand print).

 

Ingredients:

Ingredients. Because we made these at our weekend place vs our apartment, I pre-measured the materials in NYC so that I wouldn't have to lug everything to the country and/or buy new stuff.

Because we made these up in the country, I pre-measured the materials in NYC so that I wouldn’t have to buy new stuff. And let me tell you, it was GENIUS when baking with a kid.

 

* 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour

* 2 teaspoons baking powder

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

* 3 medium, very ripe bananas

* 2/3 cup sugar

* 1/3 cup vegetable oil

* 2 large eggs

* 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

* 1/2 cup of broken walnuts

* chocolate chips, peanut butter chips (why not?)

 

Directions:

 

* Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

 

* Grease a loaf pan with butter

 

* In a medium sized bowl, using a wooden spoon, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.

 

"I wanna do it myself"

“I wanna do it myself”

Pat pat pat

Pat pat pat

 

* In a large sized bowl, mash the peeled bananas with a fork.  Add the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla and beat with a wooden spoon until well blended.  Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture.  Stir just until blended.

 

Mashing the bananas

Mashing the bananas

Stirring it all together.

Stirring it all together.

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Mixture

Mixture

Add the goodies to the mix.

Add the goodies to the mix.

 

* Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it evenly with a wooden spoon.  Put the pan in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  I made it into muffins (small and big) as I couldn’t find our loaf pan. If you make it into muffins, bake it for 25 minutes and just watch the oven closely.

 

Scraping into the muffin tins.

Scraping into the muffin tins.

Scrumptious.

Scrumptious.

Little nugget.

Little nugget.

 

Although these were delicious, somehow (like always) my friend’s banana bread was even better…..that said, I devoured every single one of them. Hope you have a great weekend — Rosh Hashana is this weekend, so Happy New Year (Shana Tova) to those who celebrate!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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