November 10th. Snow day. Yikes.
It just so happens that I stopped at the grocery store yesterday because they were having a really good sale on butter.
So naturally I bought 6 pounds.
I am SO ready for the holiday baking season!
Since driving anywhere today was totally out of the question, it was a great day to stay in and bake.
My mom bought 25 bananas to hand out for Halloween (yes…she’s that mom. But she also handed out full size candy bars and chocolate milk. Not too shabby!) We had 8 trick or treaters. I can only eat so many bananas before a) I get sick of them and b) they get overripe. But overripe bananas = banana bread.
I used my great aunt Lillian’s recipe. She was an awesome baker! I was pretty young when she died, but I remember vividly what a sweet woman she was – and how delicious all of her food was. And this banana bread recipe is bomb
The finished product. Can you just smell it? And the best part –
Buttered banana bread butt. Best. Thing. Ever.
After making banana bread, I was still in the baking mood. I found this really easy recipe for homemade brownies and I’ve seen on Pinterest people who bake brownies in cupcake tins and fill the middle with peanut butter. Peanut butter and chocolate? I’m in!
I knew these were going to be tasty because the batter alone was freaking delicious! I may never use boxed brownie mix again.
I baked mine for 15 minutes and they were perfectly chewy on the outside, but maybe a little underdone in the middle. The recipe warned about overbaking so I was a little cautious about them drying out. But I don’t mind my brownies a little soft. I also learned you should let them cool completely (or pop them in the freezer if you’re impatient like me) before trying to take them out – or else you end up with a crumbly, melty peanut buttery [delicious] mess.
Now, if I only I can find a man who loves doing dishes. Then I’d be set for life!