…and a knitting basket.
What’s in that basket? Besides an almost-finished project that I can’t wait to reveal (hopefully in time for my Binding Off Update this month), a sock which I had absolutely no business starting. And that stuffed toy, fanny side up, which is no longer “needed” by a certain 6 year-old, but which this mom is holding onto anyway – because it reminds me of earlier days when hearing the rattle inside that toy told me that a baby was gently stirring in the morning.
And then each day would end the same way…
…but of course, every day isn’t like that. So when they do come along, I tend to appreciate them. A whole lot.
This is the banana bread recipe I’ve used for years. It’s perfect for using those overripe, slightly mushy bananas that no one wants to eat.
Ingredients (metrics in parentheses)
- 5 Tbsp. butter (75 g)
- 1/2 c. white sugar (100 g)
- 1/2 c. light brown sugar (100 g)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (5 mL)
- 3 bananas
- 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour (210 g)
- 1 tsp. baking soda (5 g)
- 1/2 tsp. salt (2.5 g)
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder (1 g)
- 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream (120 mL) **
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Spray bottom of a 9x5-in. loaf pan with nonstick spray, like Pam. Beat butter and sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla and beat just until mixed. Add mashed bananas and mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternating with cream. Mix it all together and pour into the pan. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes and then remove bread from pan. Cool completely, or just to warm enough, before slicing and eating.
** Note: With the price of cream being what it is (that is to say, crazy-high), you can always substitute milk, but cut down baking time to 1 hour.
*** Note #2: I live with heathens who forbid me from putting nuts into the bread, but you can always add walnuts or slivered almonds, if you live with civilized folk.
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