Mom’s Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread is a classic and we had some perfectly ripened bananas (nice and brown), which makes the flavour better.  It is a classic because it’s great comfort food and is always fun to make when there are extra bananas lying around the house.  I feel like this recipe could be made healthier next time by adding in some chia seeds, but I wasn’t able to go out to the grocery store today.

The recipe is super easy, just add the dry ingredients and mix well with a fork, beat egg in a separate bowl and then mix in with the other wet ingredients all at once.  It only takes one bowl, and a pot to melt the butter, which is nice.  I love recipes that make less mess and whip up quickly.  In addition the smell of warm banana bread is always welcome in the house.  I would recommend this as one my favourite recipes and a real treasure for a relaxing breakfast with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Why buy banana bread at a bakery when you can make it yourself? Seriously.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

1/3 cup of milk

1/3 cup of melted and cooled butter

2 eggs beaten

1 cup of mashed banana

2 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup of sugar

½ tsp of salt

2 tsp backing powder

½ tsp baking soda

Mix dry ingredients and then mix in wet ingredients stir well.  Bake 45-55 minutes at 350°F.

Banana Surprise!

Today I was a little tired of baked goods so, Mom, my sister Sarah and I, headed to Longo’s for some fresh produce and some ideas.  Seeing all of the yummy fresh produce was a relief, after all of the flour, sugar and butter, in all of the baked goods from earlier this week.

Seeing the bananas, grapes and blueberries, reminded me of my Grandma Chapie’s favourite dessert – Banana Surprise!  The surprise was to see who got the one piece of banana.  Sometimes the surprise was that it was all bananas in the Jell-o.  So, here is how it is done – make Jell-o and add fruit juice instead of the cold water, place in the refrigerator and then once the Jell-o is partially set, but still liquid add random fruit so it floats around and does not float to the top.  Add one small sliced piece of banana.  Once the Jell-o has set, serve up the Banana Surprise! See who has the banana piece.  I would recommend blueberries, grapes, banana and strawberry for fruits.

Yes, people still eat Jell-o!  It’s a simple recipe and not much work at all.  Make sure you stir the sugar crystals thoroughly otherwise there will be a thicker gelatin layer at the bottom.

I realize this recipe wouldn’t normally be categorized as ‘foodie.’ However, it is a happy memory of my Grandma Chapie.  She was always proud to serve this to us.  As children Jell-o was endlessly entertaining and fun to make.  With four little girls in our family, we each got a turn to stir the Jell-o, and of course there was the anticipation of when the Jell-o would be ready to eat.