I can tell the kids are getting antsy. It’s been a long morning, with very few of our lessons going according to plan. The day is cool and cloudy, reminding us we’d rather be on our comfy couch reading a book than sitting at the table doing geography. It seems we all need a break. A passing glance at our fruit basket reveals several possibilities. Banana bread it is.
A change of pace from our studies helps reset our minds, and a snack will offer energy to continue with our lessons. This recipe is so simple, my girls make it entirely on their own. While they focus on cooking, mom takes a few moments to relax and enjoy the view. Kids in the kitchen is always fun!
2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup if you would like it less sweet, 1 cup if more sweet)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4×8-inch loaf pan. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F (175°C), or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. Remove the banana bread from the pan. Slice and serve.
At times we leave our banana bread plain. It’s delicious enough to stand on its own. However, on occasion, I’ve been known to toss in chocolate chips, pecans, or walnuts. And who doesn’t enjoy a streusel topping? Yummy!
When our learning day needs a change of pace, putting the kids in the kitchen is a fun way to divert attentions and reset the day. The rewards are delicious.
Chime In!: What is your favorite mix-in for banana bread?