This is it! Our very last banana bread recipe for our quest, and it’s a special one. There were two things that prompted our search for the best banana bread, which started in early 2011. The first was our friend Doree’s recipe. We knew it was amazing and were quite sure it was the best ever, so we wanted to put it to the test. The second was today’s recipe – Big Bird’s Banana Bread – which I used to make with my dad when I was a little one.
And so while the kids are still adjusting to the time change here in Hawaii (we’ve been up since 3:45 a.m. this morning), here’s a recipe that’s close to my heart. Big Bird’s Banana Bread is a recipe from The Sesame Street Library books that came out in 1977. These books were a favorite of mine as a child, but were ruined in a flood many years ago. Fortunately, when Mr. N was born I was able to find the complete set on eBay. Since then, I’ve been waiting for the day my kids would be old enough to make their very own Big Bird Banana Bread.
The bread bakes at 350F for one hour. The kids had some fun with big bird while they waited…and requested I take a picture for the blog. They were cracking themselves up. What you don’t see in this picture is the kids hiding under the table giggling up a storm and pretending to be big bird.
This recipe isn’t as sweet as some of the other breads we’ve made, but surprisingly met rave reviews from our resident sugar junkie, Miss A. Mr. N often divides his review into two parts – crust and middle. For the Big Bird recipe, he didn’t really care for the crust, but liked the middle.
Mike and I both liked the banana bread, but didn’t think it would end up as one of our favorites in the showdown. That said, even if it doesn’t win the contest – it’s still really the best in my books dad. 😉 And besides we know it’s better than a bird seed sundae!
The kids had a blast making the Big Bird banana bread and it was a joy to watch them. In fact, this whole banana bread quest has been a fun experience. We got to learn a lot, spend quality time together, get to taste lots of fabulous banana bread recipes, and most importantly made dozens of memories that I’ll cherish for years to come. I have a feeling that these memories will be among those that I think back to as the kids get older.
Now before we head out to watch the sunrise over the ocean (there are some benefits to rising this early), we’ll leave you with this…The taste test results are in from the final showdown! Who do you think took the prize? Stay tuned and have a great weekend!
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