A precious mom of one of the families in our church had surgery a week ago. Very extensive surgery. She will be laid up for some time recuperating and her family still needs to be nourished and feed. Meals are to be delivered for a few weeks and of that I’m so glad. I wanted to add something for snack time as well and this delicious banana bread came to mind.
So today I’m posting this quick and easy recipe. I usually have the ingredients on hand for this and there is even a trick to ripen up your bananas!!! I’ll wrap it up with a card of encouragement and deliver it to the family.
Maybe you need a quick food gift too or just want to treat your own family with this banana bread!! Either way enjoy this quick and easy treat!!!
I have to admit that I only like camping for a few days. Roughing it and cooking over the open fire is great for a short time but I really enjoy all those creature comforts of my kitchen. Mary and Martha (or usually just Martha – as the scripture seems to say) probably cooked over an open fire in a courtyard. The fire was made somewhere in the corner to keep the smoke from entering the main house. Very few houses had a chimney so in bad weather when cooking inside was a necessity there was no exit for the smoke. Meat, if served, was cooked directly over coals or on a spit. Sounds daunting to say the least.
Since I’m confessing – I have another confession to make. I’m not at all a gourmet cook!!!! Most of my recipes are the quick and easy variety. Entertaining is special but I like to be among my guest and not stuck in the kitchen. I guess this is the Mary part of me.
So today I’m posting a new quick and easy recipe for banana bread. It’s one of those dump and mix recipes that I like so well. This was the first time I used this recipe and I’m glad to say that it’s a “keeper” !!!
This is where I started. I’ve been watching these bananas for a few days waiting for them to get ripe but here is an idea I learned to make any banana ready to use – ****If you put your not so ripe bananas in a preheated 300 degree oven on a foil lined tray for 40 mins. and allow them to cool after removing them from the oven they will be just ripe enough to use in this recipe.
Before you start grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mash 3 (or 1 1/3 cup) ripe bananas in a large bowl. I use my potato masher to make this job easier but you could just mash with a fork.
Dump in the large mixing bowl with the mashed bananas…..
2/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup milk
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 large eggs
2 2/3 cups Original Bisquick
1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon (may add more or less to taste)
1/2 cup chopped nuts/raisins (or both)
Your mixture looks like this. Mix until just moistened and combined and then pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. When you remove from oven slide a table knife along the sides to loosen bread and allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan.
****Now here comes another trick that allows your bread to be extra moist……. after 10 minutes of cooling remove the bread from the pan and immediately wrap in foil. The stream that is still escaping from the warm bread will be held inside the bread because of the foil wrap and will keep your bread moist and tasty !!!!!!
I always keep baking supplies on hand for a “Bread Gift” to someone in need of an encouragement or to take for a hostess gift when visiting. But the best gifts also is to share some with a friend or loved ones in your home. So put the kettle on for tea (or the coffee pot) and share some of this delicious bread with a friend.
What kind of food items do you love to share with friends, church members, and loved ones ?