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Baking up banana bread

July 15, 2008|By OLIVIA SMITH / Pulse Correspondent

For me, baking is all about having fun and pleasing the people around me with the yummy sweet treats I make. I like to sing and dance and talk while mixing together the ingredients, sometimes I can get a little too vigorous in my mixing and stuff will go flying everywhere (including onto me and the people around me), but it's all in fun and it is definitely worth the clean up.

The most common sweet treats I make are cookies, but sometimes I make muffins or cake or bread. I like it all. My family members seem to like my baking as well, and they request certain treats. A favorite of theirs is my banana bread.

Banana bread is a relatively easy bread to make; nothing more complicated than measuring the ingredients correctly and mashing the bananas. Mashing the bananas is probably my second favorite part. They squish ever so nicely beneath my fork, and when I get too exuberant or someone's in my way, I might throw banana guts around, and that grosses people out much more than sprinkling them with sugar or flour.

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In the end, you have a delicious treat that is good at any time of the day. And that - eating - is my favorite part of making banana bread.

Olivia's banana bread



3 or 4 medium-sized bananas
2/3 cup of canola oil
3 eggs
2 cups white spelt flour (or replace with wheat flour)
1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup walnuts or chocolate chips, or a combination (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash the bananas with a fork. Add the canola oil and eggs and mix together. In another bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a little bit at a time; it's easier than trying to mix in all of the dry ingredients at the same time. Mix until everything is just combined. Try not to over mix the batter.

After greasing two 9-by-5-by-3-inch pans, fill them each about three quarters of the way full and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean.

A nice addition to any loaf of bread is walnuts and/or chocolate chips. If you want you can substitute the bread pans for a muffin pan; bake muffins 25 to 30 minutes.

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