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.
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!
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
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.