Banana bread for your woes

 banana bread cross section

banana bread cross section

All of this weekend felt like a race against time - not enough minutes to see everyone and do everything and say everything.  My to-do list has gotten so long that I look at it and I immediately start bargaining with myself about what I can delete.  It has been like that all month long. 

Do you know the kinds of months I'm talking about?  I know you do.  Where you just can't seem to do everything and then suddenly nothing is getting done correctly, and so you double-down and the cycle only gets worse?  That's where I'm at.

 look, my mug is smiling at me.  isn't that effing scary?

look, my mug is smiling at me.  isn't that effing scary?

BUT THEN.  But then, we got a snow day this week.  It was like God or Mother Nature or Beyonce or Ruth Bader Ginsburg or WHOEVER makes these decisions was like "whoa, this girl obviously needs a break, let's drop some ice on her and let her stay inside all day on Monday and catch the f--- up."

I assume that is how God or Mother Nature or Beyonce or Ruth Bader Ginsburg talk.  I actually assume that is how they ALL talk and also, YES I just made a major weather event about me.  Having a realistic grip on my own role in the universe is at the BOTTOM of my to-do list.

 how to decorate your banana bread according to this season's trends: almond butter and fancy french salt.

how to decorate your banana bread according to this season's trends: almond butter and fancy french salt.

There were many things on my to-do list including several school projects, a Mexican dish for this blog, and folding my laundry.  Some of those things got done.  Others did not.  For example, I'm not sure where I'm going to sleep because there is laundry all over my bed.  Perhaps on top of it?  Perhaps in my roommate's bed? Anything could happen.

This is what happened.  I did do a lot of homework during my RBG-given snow day.  I also drank a lot of tea and sat on my couch while I was doing that, and at 2:47pm a strike of lightning came over me and I was making banana bread. (That strike of lightning presumably also came from Beyonce or Mother Nature.)

 glamour shot: butter, honey, fancy salt.

glamour shot: butter, honey, fancy salt.

But remember how I told you that I haven't been able to do anything right because I'm trying to do too many things?  Well, I started to make this and realized we didn't have any eggs.  So I left the mixture on the counter for three hours until I went grocery shopping, at which point I fell hard on my booty because there was THREE INCHES of ice on my front steps.  

Then, halfway through the actual mixing process, I realized I had accidentally doubled the butter.  So naturally, I retroactively doubled the recipe by adding more of all the ingredients and just ignoring the order of everything.  Ultimately, I actually think I won that one because I ended up with EXTRA banana bread which is obviously what we all wanted.

 this is how i hope your morning went.

this is how i hope your morning went.

So here's my message for you this week.  If you're having a rough go of it, try spending half an hour alone in the kitchen, music blasting.  Don't talk to anyone.  Find a recipe that you're sufficiently confident in that you can mess it up and it will still come out great.  Banana bread is one. (the other one is pasta with parmesan and olive oil). What are your no-fail, emotional cooking recipes?

banana bread to heal your woes

Makes one loaf

  • 1 cup brown sugar (I had light brown so I used that.  This recipe will forgive.)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (or greek yogurt, or mascarpone cheese)
  • 1/2 stick room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 large, ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 and grease your loaf pan.  Place a piece of parchment paper in your loaf pan so that it will function as a sling when you remove your bread.

Cream sugar, butter and sour cream until fluffy and uniform.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly in between.  Mix in banana mash (culinary terminology) and combine thoroughly.

If you're feeling like you don't want to wash 2 bowls, add the flour, basking soda and salt straight into your mixing bowl.  If you're feeling like an overachiever, combine your dry ingredients separately and then add to your wet.  The improvement will be marginal (there, I said it), but you will might feel significantly better about yourself.

Fold in walnuts and then pour into your prepared loaf pan.  Bake 65-75 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.

Let cool for as long as you possibly can.  I prefer banana bread toasted with butter and drizzled with honey and sprinkled with salt OR with almond butter, as pictured above.