Friday, May 13, 2011

{ Mmmm... Banana Bread, You Know You Want Some }



So I'm going to KISS it tonight, Keep It Simple Sammy. That's what I say every night; but really, I am trying.

Today was a home day. Instead of getting "dressed" (you know: make-up, hair and clothes) and/or running any big errands, I baked, had some friends over and did a little laundry. I called it a baking day but I really only got two things baked: a big batch of granola and banana bread. At least we had fun with our friends Kate, Ellie and Jude.

Now to the topic at hand, the banana bread that I made today.  You know that it's your go to thing to bake when you've got three overripe bananas on your counter begging to be used or tossed and I know that you're hoping I have a killer recipe to share. Unfortunately, my Mom's recipe has been far surpassed by the one I'm about to recommend: The Williams-Sonoma Banana Nut Bread. The recipe is from the Williams-Sonoma Bread book and I highly recommend this book for more than it's banana bread.

Williams-Sonoma Bread

We haven't made anything from the Bread book that isn't bakery delicious. Okay, in all honesty this is the second time that we've had this banana bread but it's the first time I've actually baked it. Kyle has baked, and I've enjoyed, the cranberry orange scones (several times), focaccia (several times as well), blueberry muffins, corn bread, dinner rolls and banana bread. (Can you tell who does the lion's share of baking around here? I'm a lucky lady.)

Two notes on this recommendation: One, if you don't have a stand mixer this probably isn't the best book to buy as most of the recipes use a stand mixer. And two, you'll want to purchase some powdered buttermilk to keep around so that you don't have to go out and buy fresh buttermilk every time you want to bake something scrumptious. Since we quit using box mixes, I've decided that pretty much everything sweetly delicious is better if it a) has a fancy flour (cake, bread, pastry, etc.) or b) has buttermilk in it. This banana bread recipe falls under category b.

I'm not sure of any copyright infringement stuff, yes stuff is the technical term, so I'm not going to post the recipe here. But lucky you, my friend Jeanette found the online version for us; just press here to be taken to the recipe. I'm also going to recommend the whole book, it's only ten bucks and shipping is free if you're a Barnes & Noble member. I wouldn't want you to miss out on all the other delicious recipes.

Now I'm off to observe KCWC. I'm going to try to turn this fitted sheet that I ruined,


into a cute pair of pants for Tabi using Dana's Kid Pants Tutorial. Should be easy enough, right?!? Wish me luck!

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