I love banana bread. Who doesn't? Is there a better smell than banana bread baking in the oven? And I am going to share with you today the most WONDERFUL banana bread recipe ever. I'm not kidding. I get compliments on this bread from every single person I've ever baked the bread for. And not like "Oh, you're so nice to bring banana bread," type comments, more like "This is the best banana bread ever!" comments.
When I graduated college, I moved in with my best friend since 3rd grade. Although we had a rocky start (I was basically a little punk who didn't want to be nice to the new girl) we overcame that unfortunate incident and eventually became best friends! We were inseparable through grade school and high school, and went our separate ways in college, her to TAMU and me to TCU. I was so blessed to have her as a friend during those ridiculously trying high school times...who knows where we would have been with out each other!!
Think that's the end of the story, right? I mean, classic story, BFF when we were young and then never seen again. Nope, not here! We graduated from college and after her year teaching out of the country, I convinced her to move up to Fort Worth so we could live together! Yes, the time apart changed us, the Lord had grown us in different ways, and every friendship has bumps in the road, it definitely hasn't been perfect, but living together in our young adult years was soooooooo wonderful. A huge huge blessing. I mean, who doesn't want someone you feel completely comfortable with walking through some strangely awkward years with you? We forged through the church singles group together, met our husbands while living together...and watched each other marry the Godly men we fell in love with. What a blessing to walk for so many years with someone who sees all of imperfections and walks with you anyways.
She got married first and moved out (albeit, just a block down the street) and I'm sure you know, any time there's any packing up of things after living with a roommate, things don't always end up leaving with whom they came. She got my small strainer, I got her mom's banana bread recipe! And it's to die for. Super easy, I literally use a fork to mix it all together. I did have a little trial and error with my loaf pan size...bigger is better. For the first few times (years?) I baked it in a smaller bread pan, and it was consistently doughy in the middle. I switched to my larger loaf pan, and perfection!!
3-4 ripe bananas
1 c sugar
1.5 c flour
1/4 c melted butter (I think this is what makes it...)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Mash bananas. Stir in other ingredients. Bake in greased loaf pan for 1 hour at 325.
Could it be any easier!?!?!?!? No.
So, back to the BFF story, yes, we still hang out and I completely treasure her friendship and will forever. The Lord has taken us in different directions and grown us into different people as we've grown up, but He has allowed us to remain friends, which is a huge blessing. She's pregnant and I can't wait for Jack to have a new friend to play with! I see the playdates now...and I'm pretty sure they'll involve juice for the kiddos and wine for the mammas!