The Smell of Goodness (Banana Bread Style)

We made banana bread this morning.  I don’t even like banana bread (although I will eat it if left no other choice;)).  And I wasn’t sure I would have the patience to let the kids “help”.  Sometimes it is really hard to let my kids make mistakes, even ones that really don’t matter.

I did it anyway.  It took Joseph three tries to crack the egg without getting shells in the bowl and egg all over the counter.

We cleared out the shells and wiped up the mess.  We went back to work mixing, measuring, and adding (the skills one learns from cooking cannot be beat) and then popped the batter in the oven.

30-55 minutes later the world got just a little bit better.

  Banana Bread, Lincoln Roses, and Molly, the best-smelling of my children today

If only Google Nose really existed! Banana Bread, Lincoln Roses, and Molly, the best-smelling of my children today.

Here is the original recipe for Aunt Holly’s Banana Bread, which you can follow exactly and which is awesome.  One bowl!  The kids (or a novice baker) can do everything!  The reviews are very helpful for those interested in changing the recipe.  We modified it like this:


  • 3 to 4 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Chocolate chips (as many as you want!)

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Mash the bananas in a bowl.  Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon. Bake in a buttered loaf pan until a toothpick stuck into the bread comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Slice and serve.

P.S. Next to the roses is our apple seedling from last Fall and Joseph’s new Venus Fly Trap.  I’m hoping that last thing wipes out our carpenter ants.


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