Baking with Children-Banana Bread

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The other day J asked if we could make some banana bread since the bananas were getting “yucky”. It’s one of his favorite snacks to help make in the kitchen. Mainly because he gets to help with every step other than the actual baking. So, I thought I’d invite you into our kitchen and share one of our favorite banana bread recipes with you!

Now baking with children can be fun but can also get interesting. I suggest that you gather all of your ingredients before you start. That way you don’t have to go searching for something and end up with say, an entire egg in your butter and sugar mixture. Just speaking from experience…

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So the first thing you’ll want to do is find something for your child to stand on so that they can get up to counter height. In our kitchen, we have one of these great stools from Ikea, but a chair or step stool would also work great.

Then, you’ll want to gather all of your supplies and ingredients. Supplies you’ll need are a medium to large sized bowl, a spatula, a masher of some sort, a greased loaf pan, and measuring spoons and cups.

Ingredients:

8 TBS Butter Softened

1 C Sugar

2 Eggs

3 Bananas

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 1/4 C Flour

Optional: 1/4 C of Walnuts or Pecans

Start by creaming your butter and sugar together in your bowl. The Pampered Chef Mix N Chop 2583 is my preferred masher. I love it because it’s small enough to fit in the bowl and does a better job than any other masher I’ve owned. Plus it works great for chopping up ground beef as well and is the perfect size for small hands. Next, add your two eggs and blend them into your mixture. Then hand the bananas over to your child and let them add them to your bowl and mash them.

Once your bananas are mashed into the mixture, add the salt, baking soda, and flour to your bowl and stir until just combined. You can also add 1/4 cup of walnuts or pecans to the batter at this time if you so choose.

Transfer your mixture to a greased loaf pan, and bake at 350* F for 40-50 minutes. Throw a little dance party or do a little clean up while your bread bakes.

To check to see if your bread is done, insert a toothpick into the center of your loaf. If it comes out clean, and the top of your bread is browned, your bread is done. Let your bread cool in the pan on a cooling rack. Once cool, run a butter knife along the edges and turn your bread out of the loaf pan. Slice off a piece and enjoy!

Banana Bread

Makes one 9 1/2 x 5 loaf or three 6 x 3 1/2 mini loaves


Credit: MrBreakfast.com

Ingredients

-8 TBS Butter, Softened

-1 C Sugar

-2 Eggs

-3 Ripe Bananas

-1/2 tsp Salt

-1 tsp Baking Soda

-1 1/4 C. All-Purpose Flour

Optional: 1/4 C Walnuts or Pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*F.
  2. In a medium to large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add in the eggs and mix until combined.
  4. Peel the bananas and mash them into the butter/sugar/egg mixture.
  5. Slowly add the salt, baking soda, and flour and stir until just combined. Fold in the optional walnuts or pecans at this time too.
  6. Pour mixture into a greased loaf pan and bake in a 350*F oven for 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown, and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the loaf pan. Once cool, run a knife around the edges and then turn the loaf out of the pan and enjoy!

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