Saturday, March 12, 2016

Such A Mess But Worth It

I always, always think that I am a really clean cook and that I wash things up as I go and never make a mess.  Well, the proof is in the pudding.  I had some bananas that I wanted to use up and make some Banana Bread, so I pulled out all the ingredients and started in.  When I put the two loafs in the oven and turned around, this is what I saw.

This is not the kitchen of a person who cleans as she goes.  I got so wrapped up in all the mixing, measuring and sifting that I just had one huge mess.

You can't see it all, but apparently I sifted quite a bit of flour onto the counter instead of the bowl.

I didn't even put any of my ingredients away when I was through with them.  This is so not like me, or maybe I am messier than I think.

Ok, in the oven to bake for an hour so I cleaned up the kitchen.  I had batter dripped all over the counters and egg shells in the sink plus dirty spoons.  I rinsed everything and put it all in the dishwasher.

Just look at this gorgeous bread.  So worth the mess.

This is one of the best recipes I have ever tried, so moist and sooooooooo good.  (I think it's the secret ingredient of sour cream.)

                                              Libby's Banana Bread
1 1/2 c. sifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. sale
1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
grated rind of half a lemon
3/4 c. mashed ripe bananas
2 tbls. sour cream
1/2 c, chopped nuts (optional)

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.  Work butter until soft, then work in sugar a little at a time until smooth.  Beat in eggs one at a time, add the vanilla, grated lemon rind and bananas.  Stir in flour mixture alternately with sour cream. Pour into a greased loaf pan & bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from pan & cool on a rack.  I love mine glazed with a mixture of conf. sugar and a little milk.

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  1. Looks so delicious! And my kitchen looked a lot like yours last night after my dinner guests left!

  2. My family LOVES banana bread so I will have to give this a try!

  3. I love banana bread. Must try this! Sheila

  4. I noticed you made two loaves. Does this recipe make two loaves or one? They do look beautiful and I have been looking for a good recipe. The recipe I have is not so good.

    1. It only makes one loaf. I had a lot of bananas so I doubled the recipe. It really is one of the most moist and delicious recipes I've ever found.

  5. I'm a clean as I go kinda gal, but totally understand the need for such mess when making recipes like this! Thanks for sharing Marty!

  6. Oh that's part of baking- first the mess then the clean up! The bread looks yummy! I haven't made banana bread in years. I'll copy this one!

  7. This sounds really good. I always think I clean as I go too. Joe is the mESSIEST cook, but it is worth it to me when he cooks. I don't mind cleaning up. The bread sounds scrumptious!! YUM!!

  8. Looks delicious! I will be trying your recipe soon.

  9. It happens to the best of us dear Marty, lol.. I made an Irish Soda Bread to go along with my St. Pat's spread and yes, I was in such a hurry cause I am still with my grandgirls and I needed to see them off with their aunt, so I ended up with a messy, spilled and dirty floor kitchen too!
    I love your two loaves, they came out lovely.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  10. I make a terrible horrible mess when I cook too Marty. It's so enjoyable if you're in the right mood though. Your banana bread looks delicious. :)

  11. Marty your banana bread looks delicious. So glad you shared at Simple Saturdays.