First of all, Happy Fall 2015!!!
I have a nice little collection of aprons that I have been given over the years. Most of them are handmade by Mom, Grandma, Aunt Melva, and some other ladies who love to cook, too.
I love them. I picked the Pumpkin themed one yesterday especially for the first day of fall. I think a lady from the church I grew up in made it for me when I got married.
And when I wore it, I made this:
Ok. You guys. I stumbled across the greatest autumn recipe yesterday, trying to bake something for the first day of fall, and I have to share it with you! Molly Wizenberg wrote a book called The Homemade Life (available on her blog Orangette), which I love, and which has a recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Bread with Crystallized Ginger in it that I also make and love. But I didn’t have all the necessary ingredients yesterday. So, being the lazy, yet resourceful baker that I am, I decided to try a few substitutes, and man, did I get lucky! I might just do this on purpose next time!
Maple Banana Bread with White Chocolate Chips (perfect for the first day of fall! 😉 )
Makes one large loaf.
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 -1 cup white chocolate chips
6 Tbsp butter (melted in short bursts or on low in the microwave)
3 large ripe/overripe mashed bananas
1/4 cup 2% Fage Greek yogurt
1 tsp maple extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together in a mixing bowl.
Add the white chocolate chips.
Mix the bananas, eggs, yogurt, butter and maple flavor together in a separate bowl.
Then mix the wet and the dry ingredients together til everything is incorporated.
Pour it into a large greased bread pan. (I spray olive oil all around the inside of my 5″x 10″ bread pan.) Bake in the 350 degree oven for about 60 minutes.
Take the bread out of the oven and let it cool for just a few minutes before turning it out of the pan. Turn out of the pan onto a cooling rack, and let it cool a bit.
Cut it into slices, and serve with a hot cup of coffee.
I decided to drink out of my great-grandmother’s teacup to celebrate fall.
Of course, a loaf is a lot of sweet bread for just Jacob and I, so I took half of it in to the shop where I teach fiddle lessons. Good food should be shared, I think. 🙂
Happy Fall!!!! Enjoy baking your little tushy off in your fall apron…it’s the season for it! 🙂