Sunday, May 6, 2012

Barbara’s Banana Bread

Simply wonderful banana bread…Thanks Barb!

While I was raising my children, I had the privilege to stay at home with them.  However, when they started college I went back to work. Well not necessarily back…it was 20 years since I worked outside of my home so, what do I do? I started looking for jobs in the help wanted section of the newspaper (that’s the way it was done back then) hoping to find a job in a local office. I was fortunate enough to find a job in a pediatric office as a receptionist.  The office was incredibly busy and, phone hour was agonizing! For those of you who don’t know about phone hour in a pediatric office….it’s the hour the doctors set aside to take all phone calls from new and anxious moms and dads. I was very lucky to work with a wonderful nurse who was there to give allergy shots. I’ll always remember her kindness. Realizing the “new girl” was being overwhelmed, she sat beside me and started to answer phones. It was one of those things that live in my memory as a make or break day!  After that, she would always be close by on those hectic -phone hour- mornings.  Her name was Barbara and, we usually ate lunch together followed with a walk, to get some fresh air. We found we had a lot in common, including food, and would take turns bringing in baked goods for the office. On one of these occasions, she brought in a very luscious banana bread! We always shared recipes so of course, she wrote it down for me. Through the years I’ve made it quite often; always thinking of Barbara’s wonderful smile as I made it. I have tried many banana breads, some claiming to be the “best” but, I always go back to Barbara’s recipe. I heard recently that Barbara lost her very courageous battle with breast cancer. So today, as I was cleaning out my freezer, I found eight bananas that I had previously frozen because they were over ripe. I pulled out four and  decided to make a loaf of this delicious, quick banana bread and, dedicate this post to my friend Barbara! I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as I do!


Frosty frozen bananas…a great way to save bananas that are getting too ripe
Beating in all ingredients in order 
Adding the softened butter
Pour into loaf pan and bake
Just out of the oven
My breakfast…so yummy!
This bread is so rich, moist and tasty…with only ⅓  cup of butter 

Barbara’s Banana Bread

1 cup sugar
1 egg
4 bananas~crushed
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
⅓ cup butter or margarine~softened

Mix all the ingredients in the order given. Then bake in a 9x5 loaf pan at 350〫degrees for 45~60 minuets or until a toothpick comes out clean.
**Do Not Grease Baking Dish**

22 comments:

  1. The post gave me miles and tears - so beautiful as is the bread (which recipe I have noted) and as was Barbara. You were (are) lucky to have had her in your life.

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  2. Along with the chocolate banana tart I have to make this week, I'll also be making your bread. It looks delicious!

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  3. This looks delicious, what a great way to honor your friend

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  4. Scrumptious what a wonderful honor to your friend! That butter got me yum!

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  5. That picture of the bananas freaked me out, that is until I read that it was a picture of frozen ones. Your banana bread does look very tasty and it this post is a wonderful tribute to your friend, it is actually nurses week this week. Enjoy the day!

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  6. What a wonderful story, Kathy. People like Barbara are truly what keep us going at work. I am so sorry to hear that she lost her battle with cancer, but what a loving tribute to her. I will try her recipe soon - it looks so moist!

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  7. The bread is nearly as sweet as your memories. Barbara would be pleased that she is remembered so fondly.I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  8. Such a great tribute to your friend! I love how the banana bread has cracked.

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  9. What would we ever do without our work friends? This bread must be SO moist - I use 4 bananas for 2 loaves.

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  10. What a sweet memory and the banana bread looks super duper moist and delicious.

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  11. I love recipes that come with built in memories and stories. This post made my day.

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  12. Oh, this does look wonderful! And what sweet memories of your dear friend, Barbara...she was a gem.

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  13. Wow! this really looks amazing bread - what a touching story about Barbara
    Mary x

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  14. I so glad that barbara is still fondly remembered by you and a good tribute as well. She would have been proud to have a such a good friend in you. First time to ur space and happy to follow you. Do drop by mine when you find time.
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  15. This is a great reminder that I have bananas that need to be baked with ASAP! Looks like the perfect recipe to use them in!

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  16. I´m glad you got to know someone like Barbara. They´re anchors in our life. Lovely post Kathy!

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  17. wow..looks & sounds delicious...great idea..!
    Tasty Appetite

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  18. Isn't it wonderful how our memories are often around people and their connection to food, especially to fresh baked bread. I love how these experiences are intertwined and end up nourishing our spirits and tummies;-)
    Your bread looks delicious and I love the frozen banana tip;-)

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  19. I am sorry for your loss. What a blessing she was to you and the banana bread looks fabulous! Have a wonderful day.

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  20. Kathy-as always, I love reading your posts; such warm memories of your friend Barbara, and her famous banana bread that you are so graciously sharing with us!
    The recipes is very good, and the banana bread look divine, and scrumptious!
    Would love to have a piece of that with my morning coffee, especially with nice butter on it, just like the way you served it:DDD

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  21. This is such a beautiful way to pay tribute to the person who helped you back then. The banana bread I am sure it tastes great since it is a tried and true recipe!

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