Many people don't know this but I'm a quarter Lebanese and that's from my Grandma Julie. We were best, best friends and she taught me so many life lessons -- one of those was how to enjoy food!
I grew up eating homemade tabbouleh, kibbeh, grape leaves, and so many more delicious Leb dishes. The recipe I'm going to share with you today is not a Lebanese dish but you can head to the KDJ Pinterest page to see lots of Mediterranean recipes I've pinned that are perfect for your quarantine cooking.
Now on to yummy Banana Bread!
This recipe is fool proof and keeps really well if you wrap it up in between snacking on it. It's the perfect thing to bake while self isolating during the COVID-19 quarantine. Best enjoyed with a cup of hot tea and a game of backgammon.
GRANDMA JULIE'S BANANA BREAD RECIPE
Preheat oven to 350*
Then combine wet ingredients in a bowl (you can use a hand mixer on low speed):
1 cup mashed bananas (2 large)
2 eggs (best if room temp)
1/2 cup soft butter (don't microwave it, just leave it out overnight to soften)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
In a separate small bowl, combine dry ingredients:
1.5 cups Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Next, add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir to combine (don't over whip if you use a hand mixer).
Then, add in chocolate chips if desired -- I always add them.
Grease bread pan with butter then pour in the banana bread mix.
Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
Use a toothpick to make sure that it's cooked enough inside, if it comes out clean, it's done. If the toothpick comes out with pieces stuck to it, leave it in for another 5-10 minutes.
After you take out your Banana Bread, let it sit for 10 minutes before you slice it. While you wait, make yourself a cup of coffee or tea.
And in the words of Grandma Jules, eat & enjoy!
Have fun baking this! And if you are working at home with your kids now, it's a great recipe to include them in. When I used to nanny I would sometimes have the kiddos help me mix or add in each ingredient. It may get a little messy but hey, that's what a broom is for, right?
Make sure to take some pics and tag me on Instagram @katiedeanjewelry so I can see how your Banana Bread turned out!