But when the kids help, there is always a huge mess so I probably don't have them "help" me as much as I should.
But I guess I shouldn't complain because when the kids are awake, there's always a huge mess somewhere.
So a couple of days ago, when I couldn't stand the endless rounds of "Mommy, what can I do?" any longer and I noticed that I had four bananas that were drawing fruit flies, Sarah and I made banana bread.
I love banana bread. But I have high banana bread standards.
I want, no, I expect banana bread to be dense and moist. If it's dry, I won't eat it.
In 2001, a coworker brought in some banana bread and it was the best banana bread I had ever tasted. It was dense and moist and flavorful. It was everything I expected out of banana bread.
I immediately asked him to get the recipe from his wife. The next day he brought in the recipe and I made it multiple times trying to get the same results.
And every single time I made it, it was the driest, blandest banana bread I have ever eaten.
I am assuming that his wife purposefully left out her secret ingredient.
So (getting back on track here) Sarah and I made banana bread.
The nice thing about banana bread is that it can be made quickly and all in one bowl so the mess we created was minor:
But the smiles I got were major:
And well, the results were wonderful:
The recipe that I used has now become my banana bread recipe.
The recipe that I will make every single time I have bananas swarming with fruit flies.
And the best thing about this recipe?
Nannie didn't leave out her secret ingredient!
Nannie's Banana Bread
1 c. sugar3 over ripe bananas
1 c oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 c nuts (optional, I'm guessing)
1/2 t cinnamon
1 box instant banana pudding (the small box. she said you could use vanilla if desperate. but i don't think it would make her happy.)
1 t vanilla
Combine all that stuff. Put it in a lightly sprayed loaf pan. Bake at 350 for an hour or until done.