Sunday, 16 February 2014

Banana Nut Bread Recipe and More Water

Kris requested the recipe for banana nut bread, so here it is. Mine comes from a handwritten one, so it's a recipe I've been using for years or, BC aka before computers. Banana nut bread is delicious for breakfast, with butter spread on it if you wish. What I like is that it's not too sweet, and it tastes even better the next day.

     Brenda's Favourite Banana Nut Bread
     3/4 cup sugar
     1/2 cup butter, softened 
     2 eggs, beaten
     3 very ripe bananas, mashed or
     4 bananas if small
     1 1/2 cups flour
     1 teaspoon baking powder
     1 teaspoon or less salt (a pinch will do)
     1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Cream butter and sugar; add bananas, eggs and dry ingredients. Fold in nuts. Bake in a 300º F preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/4 hours in a greased loaf pan.
I usually cover the top of the pan with foil, because my oven browns too quickly on top. Take off foil when bread is nearly done.
Remove loaf from pan after it has cooled a few minutes and slice when cold if you can wait that long.
Makes about 15 slices.

One of the reasons I don't write a blog every day or more often is I haven't got enough to say to merit a post, or the time to think of something. It's easier to read what others have posted or scroll though posts on facebook. I commented on another blog the other day that I admired those who frequently posted and had something interesting to say. So following last week's post, I offer another means of transporting water - the famous Roman aqueduct of Segovia built sometime in 1 AD. This, of course, is only a tiny portion of the back side of the structure. Needless to say, it's the first thing you see when you arrive in Segovia, and it's still functional. The first time I visited Segovia cars were permitted to drive under the aqueduct, but then there were lots fewer cars. The photo was taken by my nephew who visited a couple of weeks before Spain won the FIFA World Cup in 2010, which was exciting for him and everyone else in Spain.

Most of you know about the horrible floods affecting parts of the UK. The north coast of Spain has also been hit with flooding and high winds. I heard the other day on the news that in January it had rained every day in Galicia except one. Lightning struck a nearby transformer on Christmas Day there and destroyed a very old church whose roof was partially constucted of wood. We've had a lot of rain in Madrid this winter and some strong winds, but nothing compared to other parts of the country, thankfully. This morning began foggy. Now the sun is coming out shyly to prove the saying about fog in the morning and then a perfect afternoon for a walk.

Thanks to all who pass by and read what I've written. I especially want to thank my friend Kathy (another Multiply survivor) who will be sending a sunshine gift of some of her homemade soap to two of my great-nieces who lost their dad recently. Even though I don't normally say it, I'm grateful to all the good people I've found on the internet.

Have a good week all.




  1. Hi Brenda!! I have a little window of time, between our company leaving and arriving, to try to catch up on some blogs! I always enjoy your posts, and also don't mind when my friends post just to say hello. I know my daily drivel is most times not that interesting.

    The Roman aqueducts have always amazed me. The engineering skills back then were phenomenal, when you think that they had few tools to use, or very primitive ones, anyway. Brilliant minds behind them, for sure.

    Your banana bread looks and sounds very good!! I haven't made any in a long time. We go through spurts of enjoying bananas, then we don't want them for awhile. We are in the don't-want-them-for-awhile phase right now. When we DO buy them, there are always a few that ripen too fast. I'll hang onto your recipe!!

    Have a good week, Brenda!!

  2. The good thing about bananas is you can find them all-year round. I like frozen bananas in smoothies too, not to mention banana pudding.

  3. Hi Brenda! I always look forward to reading your weekly posts and I love when you comment on mine. I just want to say I'm so grateful to have connected with you through blogging! Thanks so much for posting the banana bread recipe! I have copied it into my recipe file and I can't wait to try it out. It looks and sounds so yummy! I love the picture you posted of the Roman aqueduct. To think that it was built around 1 AD just blows my mind! You are so lucky to live in an area so rich with history. I feel so bad for the floods that are happening in the UK. I was watching the news the other night and the videos that they were showing was just awful. Have a wonderful week, Brenda!

  4. thanks Brenda, we love banana bread too-perfect for breakfast

  5. Hi Brenda! Do you ever get my e-mails? I just tried to respond to one of your comments from my blog but it's says no reply so now I'm confused. I've responded to just about everything you've said on my blog but now I'm confused as to if you ever got those responses, since you're e-mail isn't popping up when I click reply?

  6. Hi Brenda. I never knew about that aqueduct, it look fantastic. I really appreciate and like all the little bits I learn about Spain from reading your blogs. I'm hoping to visit Barcelona and maybe a couple of other places in Northern Spain later this year. Quite excited, the only parts of Spain I've ever visited are the coastal holiday places so I'm looking forward to maybe seeing a bit more of the real country. I'm not online very much now but when I am here, I enjoy reading up on what I've missed. :-)