Baking Fun – Sweet, Sweet Smell of a Job Well Done

Yesterday I woke up in the mood to bake but had no idea what to make.  Here is what I made yesterday:

  1. Banana Bread
  2. Pumpkin Bread
  3. Stromboli with Italian herb dough 
  4. Blackberry stuffed sweet rolls

I chose the banana bread because I had 7 brown bananas hanging out on my counter.  The one boy was excited but then again he has a major sweet tooth and I don’t buy store made sweets for the house. 

I have a basic go to recipe for banana bread that I love.  I’ve tweaked and tweaked this recipe until it was just right to me.  I love a banana bread that tastes strongly of bananas, is moist and not spiced. 

The following recipe is always a hit at my house.

Banana Bread

banana bread

banana bread in a mini loaf pan

  • 6 overripe bananas
  • 4 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of self-rising flour

Preheat the oven to 340F. I put each item into the bowl one at a time and mix between each addition.  Pour into pan of choice and bake for 40-45 minutes.  Before baking I like to add chocolate chips to the top.  I tend to make these in a cupcake pan or mini loaf pan – it made 6 cupcakes and 4 mini loaves.

I usually add pumpkin to this recipe – 1 small can pumpkin, add 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup self-rising flour to the above recipe and it was a hit to everyone but Izzy.  This time she begged me to leave out the pumpkin so straight up banana bread it was.

The banana bread batter smells amazing.  I love the smell of it raw, I love the smell of it baking and definitely love the smell of it when it’s done. 

I was kind of sad though that it wouldn’t have that delicious pumpkin in it though.  I personally love pumpkin so I wondered if my recipe would work without bananas.

Pumpkin Bread

pumpkin bread

pumpkin bread

  • 1 small can pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

The batter looked too dry/ thick so I added 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce and it looked perfect.  A few of my kids came in and begged to taste.  The pumpkin bread batter was an instant hit.

I baked the same way as the banana bread but used white chocolate chips on top instead.  The kids loved it – even Izzy.

(I promise to take better pictures next time I bake!)


coming soon!

  • Stromboli with Italian herb dough 
  • Blackberry stuffed sweet rolls