Rachel Awtrey

Blog

Lifestyle | Travel | Faith | Marriage

Posts tagged recipe
The Easiest Banana Bread Recipe 🍌
 
Bread (2 of 2).jpg
 

Banana bread with a spread of Irish Butter is my most recent craving in the morning.

With Thomas loving smoothies and asking me to buy a bunch (literally) of bananas every grocery trip, we're left with a few bananas left over that go bad.

I've found a few ways to make sure they don't go to waste: 1) peel, chop and freeze for future smoothies or 2) BANANA BREAD!

Bread (1 of 1).jpg

*cue Gwen Stafani's "Hollaback Girl"*

Here's how easy it is:

  • 2 to 3 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1/3 cup (or 5 tbsp) melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • Fun additions: chocolate chips, coconut flakes, a nut of choice.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a loaf pan with nonstick spray or butter.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. 
  3. Add the melted butter to the bananas and mix well.
  4. Mix in the baking soda, salt, sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Then, add the flour.
  5. Transfer the batter to the loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F or until you're able to insert a fork and it comes out clean without any batter.
  6.  Remove from oven + let cool in the pan for a few minutes. I normally let mine cool in the pan and then transfer it out of the pan for further cooling before serving.

See! How easy!

Tips:
If I'm making loaves for friends, I make mini loaves using this mini loaf pan to package and give out to friends. It's easier to share!
I suggest adding butter to add a salty flavor to this sweet baked good!

Enjoy!

Print Friendly and PDF
A Diary of a Newlywed Kitchen

If you don't agree that the thought of your husband picking up the fork with a steaming creation inching closer (in slow motion) to his mouth gives you a little anxiety, you're either 1. Paula Deen, herself or 2. completely confident. 

I, at first, was not either of the above to be honest. Thomas has a mom that is phenomenal in the kitchen so I knew that expectations were a little high. If you're a married woman a little apprehensive about whipping up some great meals for your family or unmarried and dreading the day, this is for you. 

One time I tried to make beer bread. I followed the recipe, poured the batter in the bread pan, poured on the glaze and popped it in the oven. Three minutes later and there's smoke starting to seep into our tiny home. I glanced at the oven and double take real quick when I saw a flame in our oven. Yeah, go Rachel. I didn't know what to do so I yelled, "fire!" followed by a few other words I would never claim and I frantically went for our fire extinguisher. 

Thank God for a calm husband that grabbed my shoulders (yes, the fire is still going at this point) and say, "Calm down, it will be okay." He let the fire die down in the oven on its own and long story short, the beer bread was never fully baked. 

Another time, we went to Greenville for a while and knew we weren't coming back until later so I put some spaghetti squash and sauce in the crockpot, following another recipe, and we came back, hangry (hungry + irritable) to absolute mush. Oops. My bad. 

Here are a few things that save my tush in the kitchen. 

I highly recommend getting a cookbook and figuring out which recipes look a little manageable to ya. They're the best! They're like picture books for adults. I flip through until I see a picture that I love and drool over, dog ear the page and continue to flip. It makes it so much more manageable and also gives you some hope of what this mean could look like. 

This one, The Newlywed Cookbook, is the best because it is made for the simple wife, the "let's just try and see" woman. It's easy and even gives some tips how to incorporate your hubby into the process. Hand over the knives and towels and let him put some sweat in, too!

Pinterest is more than wedding planning and outfits, y'all. If you don't pin food, I don't even know who you are. Create a board with some of your favorite recipes and stock up. A lot of times these are food bloggers that are great to follow but also give additional advice for the process, not just the ingredients and directions.

The kitchen is more than cooking the food. It's about the savory smell and reaping what you sow. It's about the time, energy and effort you're putting into serving your significant other. He will understand and be grateful regardless. I'm blessed with a  husband that scarfs down even the nastiest of foods that I mess up or make the best of.

One of my favorite books that stresses this concept is Bread and Wine. She does an incredible job of describing the real reason of the kitchen: to fully know, remember, serve and glorify the Lord. Seriously, there's room to acknowledge him in everything. While pouring your sweet tea or red wine, flipping your burgers or rotating your chicken, seasoning your carrots or peeling your sweet pot remember communion with your community. Remember what Christ did for us. This makes your time cooking in the kitchen so much sweeter with a greater purpose than making a tasty meal. 

I'm no pro, I'm still learning how to chop, peel and not make my home all smokey. But, there's grace and room for improvement. If your is better in the trash than your mouth, light some candles, play some jazzy music, pray over the meal and own it. Someone once told me, "burnt food tastes better under candlelight" and I fully agree. 

 

B E H I N D   T H E   S C E N E S   I N   O U R   K I T C H E N