Saturday, August 5, 2017

Magic Moment - #24 Memorable Recipe

Banana Bread.  Made today from a recipe acquired 40 years ago.  Every time I bake banana bread I remember the young woman who passed it along and a little story (below).  Makes the best banana bread I have tasted to date.

Speech Class in College about 1977.  We were tasked to talk on any subject based on a personal experience.  The first person up to present walks through the classroom door in a grass skirt, bikini top and barefoot.  Oh!  It is the dead of winter.  She times her appearance to be able to walk to the front of the class and begin.  Long ginger hair.  Pale Skin.  A very toned body.

She does a few hip sways and begins.  Grew up in Hawaii.  Lived in the country and had tropical fruit readily available all year.  Including bananas.  She could have talked about her time in the Islands, but she doesn't.  She walks us through a banana bread recipe and then passes out the recipe to every student and the instructor.  I was mesmerized.  A VERY memorable speech.  At the end of her banana recipe rendition, our young male instructor states, "Well, that is certainly an A+."

So, I keep this recipe card.  Not just because it makes a great banana bread, but because it brings a smile and reminds me of a great little story that goes along with it.  Here it is below and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:


1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
At a minimum 1/4 cup walnuts
3 bananas (4 is even better)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 1 hour.

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