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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Banana Muffins or Banana Bread

My godmother always made banana bread, and I loved it.  Her version had nuts, which was my only complaint.  I like my banana bread un-interruptedly smooth.  I never knew how to make really good banana bread myself until college.  I have had this recipe memorized since college- there was no way I was forgetting it! It's from my college roommate L.  I had other college roomates, but she and I are still very close, and therefore the only roommate I ever mean when I say that word.  L's mom gave her this recipe. 

L lost her mom way too young for both of them.  She was a special lady.  The best story I can tell about her is that she used to trim and pound thin raw chicken for L, then put it in individual bags to be frozen so L wouldn't have to touch raw chicken.  That's such a mom thing to do- to immerse yourself in raw disgusting chicken for your daughter!!!!  My mom used to do the same thing for me in horse *&^%!.  But that's another story.

The bananas have to be really brown spotted, but not rotten.  Unripe bananas are worthless, so don't even try!  I made this the other morning before I left for work, so the banana bread was just ready as B and the kids came downstairs....it's a mom thing to do, and I dare say Mrs. M would be glad.

Banana bread
Adapted not at all from L's mom

2 cups all purpose flour (9 ounces)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons melted butter
4 over-ripe bananas

Melt 3 tablespoons of butter.  Mash bananas in the bowl, and add all the other ingredients.  Spray a pan with butter spray.  Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes for muffins, and about 60-70 minutes in a standard size loaf pan for bread.  This also freezes well!

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