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Ultimate Banana Bread

banana bread

Saturdays are usually super busy for me. It’s a day full of cleaning, shopping, doing laundry, mowing the lawn, and everything else. But, it’s also the day when I bake the most. Working two jobs, running this blog, caring for child, dog and house keeps me busy all week. I usually don’t get any baking done on weekdays. So on Saturdays, I like to bake breads, muffins or granola bars for the week ahead. I eat them for breakfast, take them to work or put them in my son’s lunch box. Doing some baking on the weekend, and have it ready for the week, really helps me a lot.

This past Saturday, I made a banana bread. Super simple, moist and so delicious. Since I’m a huge fan of sweet breads, I’ve tried lots of different banana bread recipes. However, this was my first banana bread using buttermilk. It’s the best banana bread I’ve ever made, and my kids agree. I could eat the entire loaf myself.

banana bread

I found the recipe on the Taste of Home website but I changed it a tad. I added two cups of bananas instead of one, reduced the sugar amount to 1 cup and the buttermilk to 1/3 cup.

banana bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients

2 eggs

1/3 cup buttermilk ( I never have buttermilk in the house so I make my own. Pour enough vinegar just to fill the bottom of your measuring cup. Fill the rest with milk. Let stand for ten minutes.)

1/2 cup oil ( I use canola oil)

2 cups mashed bananas

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup sugar ( Add an extra 1/2 cup if you like your bread sweeter.)

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

 

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients.

2. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until combined.

4. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and eat.

 

banana bread

5 Reasons Why I Enjoy Cake Decorating

I have been baking cakes since I was a young girl. I started out with simple cakes for my mom and my sister’s birthday, but once I had my own kids I became more adventurous and tried themed cakes. Each birthday my kids pick a theme and flavor for their cake. Cake decorating has become an art form for me. I think it’s a wonderful craft and a way to express myself creatively. I am not even close to being a great cake decorator and that’s o.k. My kids are always happy with the outcome and I have fun doing it. That’s all that matters to me.

Here are some more reasons why I love cake decorating:
• My kids love it and feel special because I took the time to decorate the cake just for them.
• I my opinion, homemade cakes taste better than store-bought cakes.
• I can control the choice of ingredients.
• Less expensive than store-bought cakes.
• It’s fun and rewarding.

Some of my favorites!

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington

High School Graduation

High School Graduation

Super Mario

Super Mario

Medievil Castle

Medievil Castle

Guitar Cake

Guitar Cake

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Peace  Sign Cake

Peace Sign Cake