Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Banana Bread from friends

I mentioned a while back that I got a new cookbook from my wonderful friend, Sarah. We have been friends since we were probably about 2 years old!

Anyway, because I'm in an "I need a hug" mood because I'm tired from exams, etc...I dedicate this post to Sarah and our friendship!!! :-) Despite the menus we had at her house (fried spider legs, boiled frog eyes, etc) this cookbook has some good recipes. I've only tried one so far but look forward to more! So...here is the recipe for Best Banana Bread from The Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Entertaining with Friends cookbook. Because it has wonderful bananas in it, this is my entry for Sweetnicks ARF Tuesday. Check her site for more great recipes. I'm also entering this for Lady Lunchalot's Banana Sunday. Check out her celebration of the "return of bananas" to the land down under!

Best Banana Bread
3 medium or 4 small ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine ALL ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour or until lightly browned and a wooden pick comes out clean when inserted into the center. The riper the bananas, the sweeter the bread.


Anonymous said...

Awww! Yay! I was just looking for that picture for a very special usage....hehe.....

Red Dirt Mummy said...

That looks great, Claire. Here, have a cyper ((hug)) from us here in Red Dirt Central.

BTW, Lady Lunchalot is hosting a "banana baking event" on Sunday - maybe you could kill two birds with one stone (or two blogs with one recipe LOL!)

Anonymous said...

I just love banana bread, it's one of my favorites along with a good pumpkin bread.

Brilynn said...

I think I have a picture just like that of my best friend and I. I just tried making mango bread, it turned out really good, like a banana bread.

Unknown said...

Sarah! Thanks for the birthday picture on facebook...we must display our cuteness!

RDM - Thanks for the hug!!! I think I may kill those birds and enter this to Lady Lunchalot...thanks for the heads up.

Kate - I've been eyeing pumkin puree every time I go to the grocery store and think I may have to do cranberry pumpkin next...hopefully I can find some fresh cranberries...I guess I'll use dried if not!

Brilynn - Isn't looking back at old pictures fun! Never had mango bread...sounds interesting. I don't know if I'd like it...the only fresh mango I've had wasn't very good...maybe I should try again!

gail@more than a song said...

What an adorable picture! I think I've seen a picture of your mom you've posted before and now that I see this one from when you were little, I think you look like her some! Have you been told that before?

Your pictures always look so good, the bread even better.

Unknown said...

Gail - It's funny...people who know Mama say I look like she does and people who know Daddy say I look like he does! I think I'm a pretty good combination! Thanks, I'm trying to get better at taking pictures but usually don't want to give the time to it that it requires!

Anonymous said...

Look at that picture. Too cute!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Yum, loves me some banana bread! :) Yours looks wonderful!!!

Glenna said...

Love the pic of you two--you're both adorable! The bread looks nice too. It woudl be so good right now with a glass of milk. Banana bread is one of my favorites and yours looks very moist.