Monday, November 05, 2012

2 Legit 2 Quit

Normally, I'm not one to spend much time in the kitchen.  I do what I have to do to feed my family, but beyond that, I don't look for reasons to be there.

Except when it's fall.  Or winter.  Or any holiday that happens in the months of October through January.

I love to bake during the holiday season.  I love to eat it right out of the oven while it's still warm.  I love how it makes the house smell.

If I cooked like this all the time, I would weigh 400 pounds.  It's probably good that the bug only hits me 4 months out of the year.

Last year I tried a recipe that a friend of mine posted on Facebook.  It was delish, and it has replaced a couple of my old favorites.  There's no need to bake just banana nut bread or plain old pumpkin bread when you can whip up

Krista's Pumpkin Banana Bread

1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
2 eggs
2 large ripe bananas
3/4 c. solid pack pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla (that's just a guideline, I usually drop in a bit more)
1 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking  soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)
 *Krista adds a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar to the top of mixture right before baking. I can vouch for's a good thing!
** I add 2 tsp. cinnamon to the dry ingredients before mixing.  Because we like cinnamon at our house.

Mix sugar & shortening.  Beat in eggs, mashed bananas, pumpkin, vanilla & mix well.  In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt, (**cinnamon), and nuts.  Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix well.  Spoon batter into 2 greased 9x5 loaf pans.  (*Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture) Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes and remove from pans.  Cool on wire rack.  Enjoy!

This recipe might be my husband's love language.

Thanks Krista for letting me share your recipe.   

I'm posting my November thankfulness on Instagram this year.  I'm joining the girls at eighteen25 for the #novemberthankful project.   I love this idea! It's not too late to get started...just take a few extra pictures for a couple of days til you get caught up.

On Instagram, I'm talkinghairdryer if you want to follow my pics.

 Happy Monday!


Genice said...

I'm printing this recipe right now! Just so happens, I have pumpkin and bananas! Thanks.

Misty said...

It sounds awesome! And you are more than welcome to come over and holiday bake for me ANYTIME! I love to cook but I hate baking!

Misty said...

What happened to my comment? It was there and then gone. :(