Banana whaat?

IMG_3760Planning my wedding was one off the funniest things I have ever done. Trying to plan a magical and memorable day both my husband and I would always remember. I am not afraid to say that I made most of the decisions about what we would do and have. In the beginning I would ask my husband for his opinion, but in true guy fashion, he never seemed all that enthused about the decisions. Which bummed me out a little, because I needed him to be as excited about it all as I was. So I started to make the decisions on my own with the help of my mom and my friends. But after a while, I started to feel guilty for cutting him out of the process all together. So I came up with a plan (that at the time seemed ingenious) that would allow him to be apart of the process without raining on my parade. I would do all of the research on food, music, the cake; and come home knowing what we should decide. Then I would present our options to my husband and ask him his opinion. This seemed to almost always backfire, because for some reason, he always picked the opposite of what I had already decided on. Figures, right? So eventually I scrapped the whole thing and just made all the decisions on my own.

Finally I came up with a way to let him be involved, that doubled as a special surprise for him. I decided that we should do a Groom’s Cake. I had it all worked out in my head, I was going to have the baker make a replica of his track jersey and medal from the Olympic Trials. I knew he’d love it. All I needed was for him to do was select the flavor of the cake and the frosting. Easy, right? A very harmless decision. Or so I thought. What flavor does he pick, but Banana with a banana cream filling! My jaw practically hit the floor. “Banana what?” I ask. And he was so serious. He wanted an entire cake made in a banana flavor. He was so proud of himself. And all I kept envisioning was all this leftover banana cake, because nobody would eat any. So once again, I vetoed his decision. Or at least a kind of a compromise. The majority of the cake was chocolate with a peanut butter filling. Delicious. And the replica of his medal was made in his favorite banana nut cake with a banana filling.

Groom's Cake

So most of you might be thinking that I am a total control freak, and that’s okay. You may be right. But I will tell you that He only ate one piece of that cake and the rest got thrown out. And I can tell you that I have not lost any sleep over my decision. So this leads me to my share for the day. My husband’s very favorite Banana Bread recipe. I hope you like it.

 

Curious George’s Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 lg. Eggs, Beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups Bananas, mashed (5 Bananas)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, crushed

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease and lightly flour a 9 x 5 x 3″ loaf pan.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Make a well in the center of your flour mixture.  Then set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil.  Mixing well until smooth.
  6. Pour egg mixture into your well all at once.  Stir just until moistened.  Your batter should be lumpy.
  7. With a spatula, fold in your nuts.
  8. Spoon batter into your prepared pan.
  9. Bake loaf for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Cool pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Remove bread from pan and cool on wire rack.
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