This week, Balian and I are learning all about the letter 'B' in our homeschool Pre-K lessons. In lieu of a craft on Monday, I decided a different hands-on activity would be appropriate. I had a bunch of bananas that were way past their prime and needed to be used, so I tied in a banana bread baking lesson with our lesson for the day!
We're ready- aprons on, let's get measuring!
We used a super simple (fool proof) recipe to make this tasty treat!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
Balian, mashing the bananas- all by himself!
Beating the eggs...
Creaming the butter and sugar...
...and adding chocolate chips, of course!
Our banana bread mixture looked so yummy! We had a great time measuring, and counting as we added the ingredients to the bowl. It was great to be able to cover science and math in one fun lesson!
Into the oven it goes for 1 hour!
Serve this up for a breakfast treat, or an anytime snack! Some folks love it plain, others like it warmed up with a bit of butter spread over it. This is one of the only things that I like bananas in, and love to enjoy a slice of banana bread with a hot cup of coffee! It's perfect to have on hand for drop-in guests, too! My mom and grandmother taught me to always have something ready to offer to unexpected company, and they couldn't truer!
Give this one a try- it's worth adding to your recipe collection if you don't already have a great, easy banana bread recipe!