A couple things I love- baking with the kids because I'm not great at following directions and can blame them if the food tastes off it's so fun, and the little bread dishes at Michaels. I'm a bit of an addict, buy some every year, and then find the stash I bought the previous years and never run out. Win!
I also love and have made the rest of the family love a little book about a little bear and his Mama making breads for their neighbors. I want to climb into the book and live there. It is comfort, this book, and every year, in the spirit of Mama Bear and Sam and her little cakes, we too bake and deliver to our friends on Plum Street (Ok- we don't live on Plum Street, but it would be awesome if we did!)
And in the spirit of sharing, here is a recipe for really good Banana Bread. It's not mine. This recipe, which was written on a little gift tag, reads Christine Watson's Banana Bread. The only problem is I'm almost positive I do not know a Christine Watson...I thank her though each time I bake it.
Christine Watson's Banana Bread
3/4 c brown sugar
1 stick of butter
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 c plain yogurt
3 ripe bannans
I add cranberries and sometimes walnuts or pecans- hand fulls
Blend together the butter and sugar, then add the reminaing ingredients (except berries or nuts) until everything is combined.
Stir in extras.
Spoon in GREASED pans. Coconut oil works great. Wee ones will think it's fun to finger paint with the oil all over the pan (and you've moisturized!)
Bake at 350 for- she says 20-25 minutes. CW must have a super oven. Mine is not so super. I bake the little pans at 40 and the big pans for an hour. But check yours after 20 minutes just in case you too have a super oven.
"And that's what happened. One winter morning on Plum Street."