I always like to take a little something to a home when someone is hosting an event, as a thank you for hosting and please invite us back offering. Wine is always a great and easy choice. But I also wanted to bring something extra tonight. However, it is sometimes hard on the host if you bring an unanticipated dish for the party, as they then have to find a serving piece and a place to put your kind but often superfluous dish. Therefore, I often like to bring something for their breakfast the next morning. That way, they can put their feet up and enjoy a treat as they relax the morning after an evening of hosting.
I chose Banana Bread, not only because it is delicious and usually a crowd pleaser, but also because I had some bananas on hand, ripened past the point of edibility according to me (I only like fresh bright yellow bananas). I found this recipe on Food Network (click for the original recipe) and I have integrated some of the reviews written by fellow home cooks. It is usually worth the 10 minutes of perusing the reviews, I always find a great variation or tip along the way!
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1 Cup of Granulated Sugar
1 Stick of Butter (the recipe calls for unsalted, but I used the traditional salted type as that is what was in my
fridge and I always crave a bit more salt in sweeter recipes)
2 Large Eggs
2 Ripe Bananas (the original recipe calls for 3, but I only had two, therefore my bread will be a bit less
1 Tablespoon of Milk (I used Skim)
1 Heaping Teaspoon of Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon of Ginger (I added this to the recipe, you can add your favorite spices too)
2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar (optional topping)
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Butter (or use Pam) to grease a bread pan.
3. Cream together the stick of butter and the cup of sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy with a soft creamy white yellow color.
14. If the bread is for someone else (as ours is), let the loaf cool a bit more after you remove it from the pan and then cover in plastic wrap and tie it up with a sweet ribbon!