Banana bread

I wrote this entry on April 1, but didn’t put the photos in, and saved it as a draft. Here you go, a week and a half later!

On Monday, I bought some bananas so I could make banana bread for my students. This week (Tues, Weds, and Thurs) the 10th graders are taking the English MCAS, a high-stakes standardized test they need to pass in order to graduate. Each day the teachers are bringing in breakfast foods for them. We all hang out before school in the morning in one of the math classrooms, eating breakfast and listening to loud pop music.

I didn’t get home until late that night, so I ended up just bringing the bananas, which students ate up! I saved three bananas so that I could make the bread for David, who loves it immensely.

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten with fork)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • Optional: Approximately 1 cup of dried cranberries (I get the orange flavored cranberries at Trader Joe’s)
  • Optional: Approximately 3/4 cup of chocolate chips

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) Mash bananas with a fork

3) Add melted butter and stir

4) Mix in sugar, beaten egg, vanilla, and baking soda, followed by the flour

5) Mix in cranberries and chocolate chips

6) Pour mixture into a buttered loaf pan (9×5 and 4×8 both work)

7) Bake four one hour. Remove from pan (if you flip it over, the bread should come out easily) and let cool.

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