Saturday, 8 September 2012

Banana Bread

My great-grandmother, Ethel Theresa Long, took care of me and my brother Anthony when we were babes until preschool age. Nanny was my first caregiver and so she holds a special spot. She took care of the neighborhood kids and they invited her to weddings and events once they got older.

Nanny was kind and good and not too harsh when she had to be. She had really good stories and had a knack of giving me jewellery at a young age. I still regret losing somewhere on the playground an antique locket she gave me and losing the natural pearls that mysteriously left my winter coat pocket one fine afternoon. I suppose she wanted to share her things with me before she was gone and I am grateful for her  bestowing upon me fine gifts.

I have her recipes to keep with me always and some really sweet memories.

Nanny could peel an apple in one long slicing swoosh using only a steak knife and a fresh Macintosh apple. I would eat the skins while she'd core the apple and slice it into bite size pieces for us to have as a snack. Snack time was simple and wonderful. Pb&j on saltines (with extra salt) and slices of cheese or fruit. Once the bananas turned brown, nanny would whip up a delicious batch of banana bread that I can still taste when my memory floats to the thought of it. Don't even get me started on her lemon squares. My personal fav of hers. I will share that little gem in a future post.

Nothing is quite as lovely as a warm piece of banana bread that's fresh out of the oven that  is softened slightly by a pretty pat of butter. I hope you enjoy butter. (Check out Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes - an amazing book about food in the last century that introduced me to whole foods and balanced eating). 

So, back to the bread, Nanny Long's banana bread - the The Joy of Cooking recipe for banana bread - yum!

You'll need:

A large bowl
A potato masher
A wooden spoon
An egg beater
A 9x5 loaf pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees


3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup of softened butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup of sugar
1 3/4 cups of all-purpose unbleached flour
1 3/4 tsps of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

Mix the wet ingredients together and set aside
Mix the dry ingredients and fold into the wet mixture
Place the mixture into a grease 9x5 loaf pan
Bake at 350 for 1 hour

Let it stand to cool and enjoy with a loved one or a good book.

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