Three rotten bananas sit on my kitchen counter. The perfect number for a loaf of banana bread. I decide to share this loaf with some of my neighbors, reserving the ends for me and Sadie. We wrapped each slice simply in wax paper and set out. A centenarian known affectionately as Dr. Gene, is our first delivery. He's a busy guy with a great disposition. He was a music professor at a local university. In an earlier life he stormed the beaches of Normandy and loved his wife Dorothy. He plays his piano and walks our neighborhood every day. He is a talented and noble man who elevates our neighborhood.
Lila, Tom, Lori, Joy, Geneva. Five more deliveries. Kind phone calls within the hour. "A little banana bread fairy left something on my porch!"
Veteran, caregiver, teacher, widow, retiree, young woman.
Three rotten bananas = six happy neighbors.
Here is my favorite banana bread recipe, courtesy of Anne Besser
Moist and Delicious Banana Bread
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 t. vanilla
1/2 c. sour cream
1 c. overly ripe bananas (approximately 2-3)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and mix until combined. Sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Add sour cream, vanilla and smashed bananas; mix thoroughly. Grease either one large or two small loaf pans. Fill pans and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.