Banana Bread

Happy New Year everybody! I hope you had an incredible holiday season with your loved ones. The holidays always seem to go by far too quickly. I struggled a little last semester between balancing work, school, and my hobbies at the same time. I started a bullet journal to organize my responsibilities and to recognize when I’ve been lacking self-care. I’ve formatted it to track important dates and deadlines, my habits, my moods, and I’ve included a page where I note one happy moment of the day. I’m determined to make this year one of the best yet, and that starts with positivity, organization, and a great attitude.

I did so much baking over the holiday season, my Mom swore that she never wanted to see another cheesecake for a long time! My grandparents asked for cookies and tea buns, I was making desserts for family dinners, and my coworkers were always wondering when they could expect treats again. My parents must have noticed because they gifted me a ton of new bakeware, a gorgeous recipe book, and a classy, black-and-white plaid apron for Christmas. To add, I got a beautiful set of rose gold pans from my secret Santa at work. I can already tell that 2019 is going to be a wonderfully creative year for me.

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I sincerely thought that I had out-baked my family because a week had gone by and nobody had asked for more treats. That was until my mom came home one evening from visiting my nan and she informed me that my banana bread had been requested. Luckily I had some ripe bananas ready to go, so I quickly whipped up one of the easiest and most versatile recipes that I’ve etched into my new recipe book, although it’s quite easy to memorize!

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I’ve come to realize that literally everybody loves banana bread. I’ve tweaked this recipe in so many ways just to switch it up and it’s a no-fail recipe that only uses one bowl and can be hand-mixed. It can be baked in a loaf, as muffins, or in a bundt pan. I’ve featured ground cinnamon in this recipe which happens to be one of my favourite additions, but I’ve frequently omitted the cinnamon to add chocolate chips, raspberries, or cream cheese. This banana bread also makes incredible french toast bread as well! Use this recipe, fry it up as french toast, and top it with a delicious caramel sauce and homemade whipped cream. The possibilities are endless with this one! I hope it becomes a staple in your home like it has in mine.

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BANANA BREAD

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 55 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 egg

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

 

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Preheat oven to 325F.

2.  In a large bowl, mash the bananas until smooth.

3.  Add melted butter and stir.

4.  Add egg, sugar, and vanilla.

5.  Add all dry ingredients and mix until combined.

6.  Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes. Test the doneness of the centre of the loaf with a toothpick.