Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kids in the Kitchen: Banana Bread

As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to start a Kids in the Kitchen series. 
This post will be the first of hopefully many!

If I want to have baking done for the week, it needs to be done in the morning and with the girls. They are both mischievous and full of energy, so I can't really dedicate an hour (or any amount of time) to baking while they're off being toddlers! And they hate napping. When they actually do nap at the same time, I have to do quiet things that won't wake them up, like fold laundry or have a nap myself...wait, what??

Around our house bananas are pretty popular, so we decided to make banana bread.
Making banana bread is usually a pretty quick and easy thing to do. Add two toddlers and a camera to that mix and it takes a whole lot longer!

Right now, my go-to banana bread recipe is from the classic Jean Paré Company's Coming Muffins & More cookbook. I like simple, traditional, old school recipes, and this is one them. I feel like it's one of those recipes that gets passed down through generations and is tried and true.
The actaul loaf is dark, moist and has lots of flecks through out. A definite Blaquiere family favorite.

Dr. Olivia patiently waiting to start

Her hands were clean, just stained from doing some art.

And it begins!

Lauren used to be happy with just dumping ingredients into the bowl, but now that's she's a big girl she likes to scoop (measure) and dump. 

That's her game face!

What Lauren does, Olivia has to do.

Big girls also use knives...

Little girls don't use knives, so this is what Olivia does while she waits for something to do.

Don't worry...if people other than us are eating our baking, I don't let her gnaw on the bowl.

And something everyone can do - mash bananas!

When we were all done and the banana bread was baked, Lauren ran to her bedroom to get her camera so she could take pictures. She's probably a better photographer with her Minnie Mouse camera than I am with Dave's fancy camera...Seriously!

And Olivia did this...

Ta-Da! The finished product!

Nice work girls!

Banana Bread Recipe:
(From Company's Coming Muffins & More)

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3-4 bananas)*
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs one at a tine, beating until smooth. Blend in mashed bananas
  • In a second bowl, stir flour with baking soda, baking powder, salt and nuts. Add to banana mixture stirring only to moisten. Transfer to greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.** Bake in 350 degrees oven for about 1 hour until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes. remove pan and place on cake rack to cool. Wrap to store.
    Yeild: 1 loaf
*I typically use about 4 very ripe, soft bananas
**I also like to sprinkle a little brown sugar on top before baking

1 comment:

  1. Yum it looks so good, i also love this recipe....especially with peanut butter on it for breaky. Such cute pictures of the girls helping