Cherry Saturday, February 23, 2019

Today is Banana Bread Day. It’s also the last Saturday in my least favorite month of the year, but mostly it’s Banana Bread Day, one of my favorite sweet breads ever, which is why it’s all over Maybe This Time. Andie’s banana bread recipe is a real killer.

(Today is also International Dog Biscuit Day, but so few dogs read this blog, I went with the banana bread instead.)

36 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday, February 23, 2019

  1. I never know when bananas bread is done, the first time I made it, it wasn’t ready at the recipe time and I had to wrap it in foil and put it back in the oven.

    Still it is a very forgiving dessert, no one noticed.

    1. I started baking when I was young and banana bread was one of my faves. I learned to tell it was done by when the crack forms on the top and it kinda splits. That and the toothpick test help. But so true about it being forgiving because even when it’s gooey it’s good. Plus, if you slice it and keep it in the freezer, single slices can be warmed in the oven without them drying out. A real winter treat with a cup of cocoa:)

  2. I do love banana bread. I use my grandmother’s recipe, and it makes me feel close to her, even though she’s been gone since 1980. Connections.

    1. I use my momma’s, which was pulled from a community cookbook she was gifted at her wedding. I scoured the internet and couldn’t find copies, so hand scanned the sucker for me and my siblings.

        1. As long as you don’t tell my mother! Despite being a community cook book, she considers it the family cook book, and therefore not to be shared with outsiders. 😀

          1 C sugar
          1/2 C butter
          2 eggs well beaten
          1 tsp vanilla
          Pinch of salt to 1/2 tsp
          1/2 C milk (optional)
          3-4 bananas mashed
          2 C flour
          3/4 tsp baking soda
          1 tsp baking powder (optional)

          Mix in order given, bake one hour at 350 degrees in greased loaf pan.

          Makes one to two loaves.

          Add chocolate chips or nuts if desired.

          I’m actually baking this now, too! I add all the optional things and use unsalted butter.

          Lemme know if you make it and tell me how you like it!

  3. Sigh. I am off quick breads today.

    I made cornbread last night for dinner and had it with butter and honey and it was delicious when I ate it. My mom made it all the time when I was little. I don’t know if it was the cornbread or the homemade split pea soup or the combination but it turned into this lump of lead. Sort of like dumplings in chicken-and-dumplings. I don’t understand the mechanics of digesting certain things. Biscuits are light and wonderful. Dumplings with the very same ingredients are loggy.

    1. Well, they got dog biscuits today, but then they get those every day.
      I think every day is International Dog Biscuit Day for them.

  4. I love banana bread. It’s one of those things that’s okay in its gluten free incarnation.

    In other news, Kai comes home from boarding school tomorrow. The K9 training guy says he’s much improved. So now the question is: can hubby and I be disciplined enough not to let him return to his old ways?

    1. Just think of it as tough love. Because you love him, you’re not going to let him be a jerk. You can do it.

  5. The only reason I don’t make banana bread these days is the complete lack of an oven. It can be done in a toaster oven… just not by me. It isn’t the heart or the diabetes that stops me. Store-bought banana bread or muffins just aren’t the same.

    On another hand, my daughter has learned to love baking. 🙂

  6. My dog does not need dog biscuit day. She is okay with banana bread. And the plastic wrapper. And the loaf tin and the shoes of the person who brought it home.

  7. Ooooh, banana bread! I should not have read this post while feeling hungry. I have dinner heating in the microwave (Have to use up the last of the leftovers) but now am determined to run up to a local bakery before they close tonight and pick up some banana bread.

    1. I simpathize. I too have a crud. At times have thought it’s a cold and am currently wondering if it’s strep. It was soup for me.

  8. My mother’s classic banana bread recipe was made with Grape-Nuts cereal. I found the recipe online, but we haven’t seen Grape-Nuts cereal in years. Apparently it’s still available, but mostly online as well.

  9. So excited to hear about Kai. It gives my hope for my Riker who spent 4 of his first 5 months of life chained up. It’s turning out to me tougher than we expected to gain his trust even though we got him quite young at 5 months.

    1. I adopted a cat who had almost certainly been abused. She never did like men, and usually hid when there was anyone around who wasn’t me, or a very familiar figure. It took me TWO YEARS to get her to sit on my lap. Of course, after that, she never wanted to get off. I think trust can be hard for the ones who had a rough start.

  10. Banana bread is fine. Gingerbread is where it’s at for me. I like it fresh from the oven with the crunchy top, and the day after when the top goes sticky, and the day after that when I have some gingerbread with my butter. mmmm.

    When is gingerbread day? (I’m referring to the loaf, not the biscuits/cookies).

  11. I’m stewing plums. A few hundred plums off the tree in our garden. It’s taking hours so it’s a good thing they’re delicious. I’m not really a fan of banana bread, but spiced plums on ice cream? Yummmm.

    1. I had my homemade plum jam on walnut bread for breakfast. It’s the last jar. But I do still have seven jars of damson, which I tell myself is a superfood. I make fridge jams, using half the normal amount of sugar. They tend to be more like compote, but are wonderfully fruity.

    2. I found a recipe years ago for Rosy Plum Sauce. It’s wonderful served over vanilla and ice cream. If you are looking for another use for plums, I would be happy to share it.

    3. Every year for Christmas my friend gives me a jar of prunes in Armegnac that she makes. Heavenly over ice cream – or I have been known to eat them from the jar.

  12. Okay, I’m imagining dogs at computers all over the Jenny Crusie world. Some look longingly at the screen. Poodles, on chairs, are sitting up straight and trying to type. In homes with two or more dogs, there are lots of “rrrs,” “grrrrmphs,” and whines as the canines discuss the difficulty of sending a reply. “Lots of us read this post!”

    One despairing mutt puts her head down on the keyboard and moans, “Argh.”


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