Real talk. Real yum.

Real talk:

What do girls love and want more than anything?  What do we never tire of no matter the day, the hour, the season?!

You men think you have us figured out.  Your thinking chocolate, right?
Ok, ok.  We do love chocolate, no surprise.
There’s something else though.

Banana bread.
Yes.  Women can’t resist banana bread.
But, but, buuut…..there’s no chocolate involved!?!
Don’t believe me?  Go to almost any blog written by a woman (who likes to bake!) and there will probably be a recipe for banana bread.  Actually, there will probably be two or three versions of said banana bread.  She’ll probably wax on about the practical use of banana bread to get rid of those icky, over-ripe bananas.

Hogwash!!!

Come on, ladies, you know you purposely let those bananas go ripe!  Actually, you probably buy more than necessary just for that purpose.  Let’s be real.  This is real talk after all.

A message to all the men out there:
You want to win a woman’s heart?  You want to tickle her pink and make her feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside?  Bake her some banana bread.  Wrap it up in brown parchment paper and tie it with a bright pink bow.  It’s better than a box of chocolates.  You baked it.  You put some thought into it.  Despite the fact that it’s essentially cake, she’ll probably still feel less fat eating it.  You know what, it wouldn’t hurt to add a bag of chocolate chips into the batter for good measure.  Best of both worlds 😉

Real talk:

What’s better than banana bread?
(I’m totally throwing you for a loop now!)
Could it possibly get any better?!?!?!
Oh yes, yes it can.

Frenched banana bread.

Are you drooling yet?!
What isn’t made better (in the food world) when it has the word “French” in front of it?  French fries.  French vanilla ice cream.  French onion soup.  French banana bread.
Heck yah, people 🙂

I got the idea from a breakfast joint my family likes to eat at in Colorado.  They make their own banana bread and french toast it in a homemade recipe.  It’s legit.  Pretty sure I ate all four pieces, even though I swore I’d only eat two.  This is not healthy stuff, but totally worth it!  Ever since, I had been dreaming of making it on my own.

Weeeeelll, my roommate, Cassie, just so happened to bake a loaf of her fabulous banana bread the other night.  I just so happen to be a hungry girl who can’t resist messing around with ingrediants in the kitchen.  So this is what happens when you mix the two:

Crunchy, cinnamony on the outside.  Totally gooey on the inside.  This is a rich, special occasion kind of breakfast.  Too bad I didn’t have an occasion, and I had it for lunch.  Just breaking the rules, ya know.

On a totally different note….my camera screen has stopped working.  This means I have to use the teeny tiny viewfinder.  Yes, it’s beyond frustrating.  What I wanted to get at by mentioning this is simply that my pictures are going to be less than outstanding for awhile.  Just warning you.

Ok, back to the banana bread 🙂
Guys, wanna know another reason you should totally bake a girl some banana bread?
If she’s really nice, a winner, a sweetheart….she’ll whip up some French banana bread for the two of you.  You get the girl.  You get a grand slam breakfast.

Total win.
Thank me later 😉

The recipe for banana bread is Cassie’s.  For this last batch she used particularily black looking bananas.  However, this happened to be my very favorite batch she made.  So take that into account before you throw that black gold away.

Banana Bread
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook

2 cups all-purpose flour
11/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 beaten eggs
11/2 cups mashed bananas (5 medium)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cooking oil or melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 recipe Streusel-Nut Topping (optional)

Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3 inch loaf pan; set aside.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

In a medium bowl combine eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil.  Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture.  Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy).  Fold in nuts.  Spoon batter into prepared pan.  If desired, sprinkle streusel-nut topping over batter.

Bake in a 350 deg. oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

Streusel-Nut Topping:
In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 3 tbls all-purpose flour.  Using a pastry blender, cut in 2 tbls. butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in 1/3 cup chopped walnuts.

Frenched Banana Bread
(some guidelines)

*I only made three slices which was enough for (ahem) one….if you have a particulary voracious appetite as I do.  So play around with these ingrediants.  There is no hard and fast rules here.  Just go with it.  That’s the fun of cooking 🙂

3 slices (about 11/2 inches thick) banana bread
1 egg beat well
1/4 cup milk
a couple shakes of cinnamon
a tsp or so of vanilla

Combine last four ingrediants and beat well.  Soak each side of the banana bread for about a minute in mixture.  Heat a large frying pan on medium high.  Add a 1/4 stick of butter.  Put banana bread slices in pan.  Let fry on each side a couple minutes or until golden brown.  Check often, and lower heat if pan gets too hot!  You will know if they start smoking.  When done, transfer to pretty plates.  Dust with powdered sugar, garnish with chopped pecans, and drizzle on the maple syrup.  Voila!

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