What ingredient for baking is in majority of our cupboards? For me it is vanilla. How do you even describe the smell to someone who hasn’t experience this subtle fragrant from the species of the vanilla orchid? I would try to say it has warm floral notes.
It is one of the most intense and complex spices. If you buy pure vanilla extract it can be up to $55 for an 8oz bottle, it’s the second highest priced spice, saffron being number one. Vanilla has taken over the gift scene as well – vanilla scented everything, right down to scented garbage bags, really? Why can’t we savor the smell for the best things, like baking.
Vanilla is used in many baking recipes and besides chocolate chip muffins, banana bread is my number two favorite baking treat.
Mom’s Banana Bread
4 small bananas’ mashed (I used brushed bananas)
1 cup of brown sugar
½ cup of butter
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
Shake of salt (1/4 tsp if that)
½ cup of walnuts or chocolate chips – this is up to you.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees’.
Mash banana’s, mix in all liquids then sugar and rest of the ingredients. Pour into a pre-greased loaf pan, place in oven for about 50 to 60 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the middle starts to crack a little. This is when I know it’s done, but I also use a toothpick to see if the bread sticks to the toothpick, if it does, another five minutes in the oven.
Remove from oven, let sit for a few minutes then gently remove from the pan, slice, add some butter and enjoy!
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