banana bread & a little craziness
A few days ago I had some very ripe bananas on my counter and I knew I had to do something with them. I also hadn’t been to the grocery store for a little while and I needed something my kids would actually eat. So banana bread it was! And it was perfect because my littles love helping in the kitchen. Read on for a yummy banana bread recipe, given to me by my mom, and given to her once upon a time when she lived in Arizona. It’s delicious and light and I love to add a hint of cinnamon to make it seem like a yummy Christmasy bread.
I don’t know about your kids but when my kids and I bake, it is a crazy, crazy time. I’m not a “everything has to be perfectly neat and orderly” kind of baker or mom so I try to just let my kids enjoy themselves as much as possible while baking. That’s not to say that I don’t try to teach them how to properly scoop the flour and what not, but mostly I just try to not freak out about the mess and let them enjoy learning how to bake. My kids gravitate to the kitchen, as probably most kids do. I love being able to nurture that and teach my kids one of my favorite things to do, bake yummy treats!
My four year old is really becoming quite a good little helper in the kitchen. Her favorite jobs are stirring, pouring, and leveling the flour. And licking the spoon, of course! That is her ultimate favorite!
Delicious Banana Bread Recipe: Makes 2 loaves
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup mashed bananas (3-4 bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup buttermilk (see note)
- Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Grease and lightly flour two bread pans.
- In a small bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, to the butter and sugar mixture.
- Add the mashed bananas and vanilla and mix well.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
- Add the 1/2 cup of buttermilk.
- Mix well.
- Spread batter into the two greased and floured bread pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40-45 minutes or until toothpick, inserted, comes out clean.
Note: I rarely have buttermilk on hand so when I decide to make this banana bread spur of the moment I just use a 1/2 cup of regular milk and add some lemon juice (about a teaspoon or so). I then let it sit awhile to make fake buttermilk! Works pretty good!
Slather some butter on that banana goodness and enjoy!