This post has been waiting on the side for months… there never seemed to be a good time to blog about banana bread before, but apparently it is the season!!! Not only have we been making banana bread… like the rest of the world, but it has been a staple in our house and we make it at least once a week every week… since the beginning of time, or at least since the beginning of blogging.
What makes this Banana Bread Special is that it comes with a story, and an extremely giftable story. This book would make the perfect present for a little chef in training and it is available from the publisher, in English and Afrikaans.
Goggy Bakes Banana Bread by John Macfarlane
Goggy is a little green lizard, with an adventurous spirit, who is terribly hungry and he decides to make banana bread. He asks his very cautious and discerning, and perhaps not a little disdainful, pet cat to help him.
He goes on an expedition to the store to gather his ingredients… and avoids one or two mistakes along the way… for example it might be better to use whole milk, rahter than chocolate or strawberry milk. It is a lovely, messy adventure… full of wild and colourful illustrations that the younger set will adore, and they will literally beg to make banana bread all on their own. Goggy ends up with a beautiful looking banana bread, the only problem is that it is to hot to eat and he has to wait a while. The book comes with a recipe, that little readers would have figured out on their own as they wandered through the book… this is the perfect story for moms who would like to get their little ones helping out in the kitchen.
Our Tried and Tested Banana Bread Recipe
I am just going to whisper that the secret to fantastic banana bread is not to mix it until it is smooth, rather leave it rough and chunky is best, and if you live with folk who turn their noses up at the delight that is banana bread… then just add chocolate chips… trust me, you will never look back.
- 1/2 a cup of butter
- 1 cup sticky brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 worn out (but not completely gone) bananas
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup milk
Step by Step
- Place the butter and sugar in the mixer and mix them together.
- At this stage place the eggs and bananas into the mixer, and zap it for a second.
- Add the flour and baking powder and mix it in, quickly. Don’t over mix it.
- Add the milk as well.
- Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius, or until a sharp knife comes out clean.
- Leave it in the bread pan for about five minutes before tipping it out.
Thank you to local publisher, Bumble Books online for supplying us with this book for review purposes. This is not a sponsored post and all the opinions are as usual my own.