I don't know if it's the weather cooling down or what, but I have been on a dessert kick like never before. Cookies, pies, popsicles, you name it and most likely I'm shoveling it down my throat. I don't want to think about how many oatmeal raisin cookies I had Monday night. Theo finds it actually revolting that I eat oatmeal raisin cookies, but what can I say they're my favorite. When I was little we mainly had fruit for dessert, though we'd wear my dad down until he'd let us have a scoop of ice cream or a cookie if we really wanted. But there was always a piece of fruit in the middle of the table for all of us to try. Apple slices, banana with cinnamon, orange slices from the tree in the backyard, or (my favorite) strawberries with a dollop of whipped cream.
Also at the top of that list, my mother's banana bread. It's not too sweet, not too heavy, and not only is it perfect for dessert but you can also enjoy it in the morning for a quick breakfast on your way out the door. It may not be the healthiest but it sure is tasty and it's a quick and easy crowd pleaser. What's life without a few treats, anyways? You can even slap some fresh berries on it to make it even more special.
1/2 cup of butter
1cup of sugar
1 3/4 cups of flour
1 tsp. of vanilla
3 or 4 very ripe bananas
Mix butter, sugar and eggs in a bowl. Add mashed bananas, and then flour, baking powder, vanilla. Batter will be thick.
Bake at 350F for approximately one hour, check after about 50 minutes.
Your kids will gobble it up and beg for more! I've just started making it this year for myself and it's super easy, and there is nothing more pleasant than the smell of banana bread in the oven. I went on a bit of a rampage a couple weeks ago and whipped it up in the middle of the night while Theo was at work, and I can't tell you how nice it was to wake up to fresh banana bread and enjoy it for the rest of the week. It's extremely moist so as long as you wrap it up tightly it won't get stale.