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Banana Banana Bread et La Brassiere

Banana Banana Bread and La Brassiere

If you get close enough to the computer screen maybe you'll be able to smell how good this banana banana bread is!  Are you sick of all the baking I've done?  I know my husband isn't. :) It's also helped to pass time while I'm knitting. Knitting and baking, hmmm what a novel idea?

So, you see up there that's my Phildar sweater. Remember how I said I was going to kick some Phildar butt? Those confusing 1 x 2, 2 x 5 decreases have been explained to me by the lovely Tres Chic VeroniqueMerci!   And Michele pointed me towards a French knitters forum which helped to iron out any other questions I had.  I'm hoping to have this little brassiere done by the end of the week. It's for my friend who's just had a baby girl. Check out the cuteness this sweater will be:

Tricotez Calin

I've also made the scarf that's in the picture. What a fun excuse to use that funky Phildar Bowling!

And here's the recipe for the banana bread :


    * 2 cups all-purpose flour
    * 1 teaspoon baking soda
    * 1/4 teaspoon salt
    * 1/2 cup butter
    * 3/4 cup brown sugar
    * 2 eggs, beaten
    * 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

I didn't have enough banana, I had three and half and probably needed two more to make the 2 1/3 cups needed for the recipe. I substituted with a pot of compote de poire williams and it worked like a charm.  Also I used a different pan and my bake time was cut by about 20 minutes. 

Happy knitting and baking... I'm off to have a piece of banana bread and curl up on the couch with my cheri d'amour.

*edit* I highly suggest using apple sauce or pear sauce with chunks of fruit for the banana bread recipe. It really made for a moist bread with delightful little chunks of fruit.  Nothing like fruit cake, I'd never do wish that on anymore. Ew. :)