Tag: banana bread

Quick and Easy Banana Bread

I’ll be honest, with the exception of one recipe  I haven’t had great success with banana bread over the years. It’s always stodgy and damp, not enough lift, and often not banana-y enough in flavor. Recently, there were 3 brown bananas on the counter and I debated tossing them into the freezer to keep browning for a banana bread or smoothie in the future but then I thought, screw it! And I made this recipe up as I went along. The result? The best damn banana bread I’ve ever made! Fast! No mixer! Easy to do with minimal ingredients! Honestly, it’s a winner.

Quick and Easy Banana Bread

3 very ripe bananas
1/3 C vegetable oil
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp hazelnut extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 Cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Mix all the wet ingredients together until well combined. Add the dry ingredients in two parts, mixing just until combined with each addition. Scrape the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan then cool completely, out of the pan, on a wire rack.

Strawberry Banana Bread

I’ve been thinking about my friend Sheri a lot these days. About a month ago, she got a call out of nowhere from her mother’s neighbor. Her mom had died. Suddenly. With no obvious cause. When she called me to tell me what had happened it took 2.4 seconds for me to know that something awful had happened. Sheri doesn’t often cry but the way her voice broke as she said the words poignantly conveyed the breaking of her heart. At first all I could give her was stunned silence, then a  well meant, but utterly meaningless, “I’m so sorry. (more…)