Until then, preheat your oven and grab some bananas! I'm craving banana bread.
What You'll Need:
Bananas...lots of them...
but only if you're baking for around twenty people,
like I was when I took this picture...
Otherwise, you only need three.
Also, you'll need flour, sugar, baking soda, butter, eggs, and salt.
And the cookbook where you copied down
your husband's great-grandmother's recipe,
if you can find it.
If not, you can just use this blog.
1-1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. butter
Measuring cups and spoons wouldn't hurt, either.
First, get your kids (or somebody gullible) to do all of the dirty work for you. Chunk a couple of bowls on the table and let them just go to town peeling and breaking up bananas.
No doubt, they'll think you're the coolest for letting them help.
You can even let the dinosaurs watch, if you want.
But I'll warn you, if you let the dinosaurs watch,
then they'll want to bring their friends to watch, too.
This is kinda similar to giving a mouse a cookie.
Or a moose a muffin. Or a pig a pancake.
You get the idea.
(And if you don't, you just need to brush up on your children's literature...)
Next comes mashing.
Banana pulp. Mmmmm....
I usually mix the wet and dry ingredients separately.
Then mix them together.
But don't worry if you get a little messy.
Stop for a second to enjoy all of the snow falling outside...
...and to reassure your two-year-old that the world will not fall apart
just because the mixing part is over.
Pour the batter into loaf pans,
and pour yourself a cup of hot tea.
Put the loaf pans into the oven.
Bake @ 350*F for around 50 minutes,
or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
The edges will brown and may get crispy, but that's okay.
I like crispy edges.
Marvel again at how beautiful snow is,
and how relaxing it is to just watch it fall.
Wonder how birds manage to stay warm in all of that snow.
Gather your oldest and youngest together on the couch for some snuggle time.
Take close-up shots.
Count your blessings.
Take the bread out and cool on a wire rack for five minutes.
Remove from loaf pan and cool completely.
Or eat it warm like we do.
Wonder why I forgot to take pictures of the freshly baked banana bread.
Oh yeah. It's because I was eating it.