While Mr. N eagerly awaits his prize drawing this afternoon, we thought we’d share our latest adventure. One of my earliest memories of cooking is with my dad. We used to make Big Bird’s Banana Bread from one of my old Sesame Street books. After Mr. N was born this memory kept resurfacing and I knew I had to find the same series of books (my old set was ruined in a flood years ago). I was fortunate enough to find them on eBay and acquired the whole set once again. I knew this was a recipe I wanted to share with Mr. N as he got older.
I made the recipe a few years ago and it didn’t quite live up to the hype in my mind. The memory is far sweeter than this particular version of the tasty snack. Then while we were living in Minnesota my friend Doree brought over her banana bread. Now this stuff tasted much more like my memory of banana bread! In fact, this was and so far still is the best banana bread I’ve ever had in my life. So since banana bread holds a special place in my heart we’re going to test out some new recipes as well as some old recipes until we find our favorite. Don’t worry dad, I’ll make sure to bring you a piece of each of them!
This week Miss A and I whipped up a recipe inspired by Cooking Light magazine, Peanut Butter Banana Bread. I say inspired by, because it’s totally a different recipe – we made it un-light. Miss A was a big helper and jumped right in by helping me to mash-up the bananas. (And if anyone has any ideas on how to handle naturally curly hair on a two-year old that doesn’t sit still and hates having her hair combed except by her cool teenage cousin, please share!)
Miss A has really taken to the hand mixer. Not only does she feel like a big shot in the kitchen (which she of course is!), but she knows there’s a beater to lick in her future! Once the wet ingredients were combined we added the white and brown sugar and mixed once again.
In a separate bowl we then sifted the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. It too was then mixed into the bananas. Finally it was time for the magazine’s “Twist” of stirring in some crushed, dry roasted peanuts. Miss A laid the wood to these little nuts!
That said, I have no doubt that this one will be gone in a few days! We’ve got a few more recipes to try on our quest and if anyone has version they’d like us to try, feel free to send it our way. Our plan is to freeze on piece of each loaf so that we can taste each recipe side-by-side before making our final ”Best Banana Bread” selection. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to enter Mr. N’s Raffle Prize – it ends today at 5 p.m. CST.
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