My Grandma Ann is a matriarch in the truest sense of the word. My mother's side of the family is large, given that she is one of ten children, each of whom have gone on to have many children of their own. Grandma Ann has been my lone grandparent for the greater part of my conscious life and is well known to be a fantastic cook. She taught her daughters how to bake, and all of them and their female children get together each winter and bake huge amounts of Christmas cookies. In this picture, I'm in the back with long hair and I have my arm around Grandma.
banana soft serve, but this is even better.)
This is a quick bread, which means the leavening comes from baking soda rather than yeast. It also means it offers instant gratification and would be fun to do with kids. Grandma's recipe included a full cup of sugar, white flour, and oleo. I decided to swap honey and maple syrup for the sugar and halve the amount, use white whole wheat flour, and use butter instead of the shortening. My bread still has a strong banana flavor and is very moist, but is a bit better for you than the traditional version.
Quick Banana Bread
2 ripe bananas (they should have brown spots on the outside and be soft)
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. honey
1 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped nuts
1/2 stick butter, melted
Put the peeled bananas in the bowl of a mixer with the paddle attachment. If you don't have a mixer, just mash the bananas in a bowl.
Start the mixer and mash the bananas.
Meanwhile, toast the nuts in a dry pan. Do NOT leave them there and feed the baby, or you will waste them all.
Mix in the flour.
And god forbid I write a post without any pictures of the baby, here she is in a staring contest with the dog.