Nothing is better on a cold, rainy afternoon than freshly baked banana bread, still warm from the over, slathered with some butter on top. So you can tell what the weather is like around here lately, as well as what kind of food I crave on miserable days! Nothing gets me baking faster than being stuck inside with nothing to do, except clean my house. And when it comes to cleaning my house, I usually ignore it and start cooking instead. Which means my kitchen is clean..but the rest…well…please don’t drop by today. I won’t answer the door out of embarrassment.

Ingredients needed:

1/2 cup margarine or butter

1 cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 cup of banana, equals about 3 medium bananas

2 cups of flour

1 tsp of Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

Kick the tires and light the fires to 350 degrees.

I have never used butter in this recipe, I have never seen the need for it. Margarine has always done a bang on job, is a million times cheaper, and I always have non-hydrogenated on hand. So take your butter or margarine and cream it with the sugar.

Add your two eggs and mix them in thoroughly.

Time for the ripe bananas. The riper they are, the sweeter your banana loaf will be.

Smash ’em up, as my kids would say.

Until they look like this, completely mashed up without many big chunks in them.

Mix them in with the wet ingredients you have already combined.

Add a plop of vanilla. Ok, fine, a teaspoon of vanilla for those of you who are picky with measurements. Measuring, smeasuring.

Time for baking soda… 1 teaspoon..

..and baking powder, 1/2 a teaspoon..and shake a bit of salt in as well at this point. I don’t measure salt often. You can’t make me. I shake salt.

Whisk it together.

Add the dry to your wet ingredients and mix until they are well combined. If you desire walnuts at this point, go ahead and throw them in. I don’t. My little magpies sit and pick out all the nuts if I dare put them in, leaving a huge crumb mess and lots of complaining. By me.

Sigh. There is a reason I am known in my family for being such a messy cook. I AM a messy cook, I can’t help it. Stuff flies everywhere when I create.  Flour…egg…sugar-butter flies into my mouth’s just messy.

Grease and flour a loaf pan please!

Pour your batter into the loaf pan, and bake in your 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes, until a knife inserted comes out clean as a whistle.

Serve at any time of day you want, we enjoyed ours for lunch with bowl of fruit salad.