Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Baking with and for toddlers part 2: banana bread

I have something to admit. This was my first time baking banana bread. Yes really.

Banana bread to me has a slightly evil element to it. It's cake masquerading as bread. And calling it bread seems to make it an acceptable foodstuff to eat at breakfast. Honestly, it's cake, and great cake at that. But I'm not going to be baking this every day so I'm sure I can achieve some sort of moderation with it.

Bananas are practically a foodgroup in our household these days. Even when bananas went up to $14/kilo here in Australia, we couldn't give up our habit.  The little girl says only a couple of words in the morning before she starts shouting 'naannnaaa' and then 'more please'. She normally eats at least one, sometimes two. It will be a sigh of relief for our grocery bill when they come back to $3/kilo.

We found some relatively cheap (very ripe) organic bananas so I decided it was time to try out making banana bread. And I knew that the preparation would keep us busy for an hour or so.  The little girl loved pouring in the ingredients, and mashing the bananas, despite the massive temptation to eat them!  We'll definitely be making this again, it went down a treat just with butter and also toasted. Very dense and moorish.  The little one loved it too.

Link to recipe by Fig and Cherry


  1. I love banana bread. Yours looks fantastic! Here's to many more loaves!

  2. yum! that looks delicious. I've got a whole-spelt banana bread post coming soon that is actually justifiable for breakfast and still tastes amazing - I'll let you know when it's up!

  3. Yummy. I love banana bread.

    I baked with Izzy the other day - she was so cute. She carefully stirred the cake mixture and took it very, very seriously.

  4. Banana bread is also my favorite. It is time to make another loaf soon. Yours looks delicious!

  5. That looks very good.

    I must say, though, I think there is a difference between banana bread and banana cake - I have a recipe for each, and while they are both cooked in a loaf tin, there is no way I'd eat the cake one for breakfast (it's more buttery, moist, rich) whereas the breadish one feels perfectly decent for breakfast.

    A place near me does toasted (thick, moist) banana bread with fresh banana, mascarpone, slivered pistachios and berry compote. So good!


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