Monday, January 2, 2012

A Simple Comfort Food ~

We all have our chosen comfort foods.  The recipes we go to when we need to feel all warm and cozy inside, cheer our bellies and soothe our minds.  Banana Bread does it for me.  A warm slice with butter and a cup of hot tea underneath a wise old walnut tree was the perfect treat on a sunny winter afternoon. 

Banana Bread
{adapted from Sophie Dahl}
5 1/2 tablespoons of soft unsalted butter
4 ripe bananas
3/4 cup of light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of spelt flour
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup dark chocolate bits {or chips}

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x5-inch pan.

Mash bananas in a big mixing bowl.  Add the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract and mix together with bananas.  Add the baking soda, salt and flour.  Mix well.  Stir in coconut, walnuts and chocolate last.  Pour into the prepared pan.  Bake for 1 hour, remove, cool for 5-10 minutes, then serve.

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  1. Some foods just seem to feed both body and spirit; don't they? Your banana bread looks delicious!

    A very Happy New Year to you!


  2. That bread looks divine. My comfort food is pumpkin bread - pure satisfaction. Wishing you a wonderous new year! xxoo

  3. Happy New Year I hope 2012 is great for you!

    Yum I love bananna bread and a cup of tea too! Your version sounds delish I must give it a go xox

  4. Thanks for the recipe, I was just thinking about banana bread yesterday, as I looked at a bunch of very ripe banana's on the counter!
    xxx DJ

  5. Beautiful! Wishing you a year full of daydreams and comfort!
    I made "Springerlies" over the holidays which my Mom has carried on the tradition of making and this was my first time. There was an immediate comfort to connecting via this family recipe....and the wooden mold helped to shape lovely patterns.

  6. sounds delicious! We just returned from Provence visiting relatives and I prepared macaroni and cheese (Ina Garten's version) for them--they loved it! In limited french I tried to explain "comfort food" ("it's food that hugs you"). It may have been lost in translation but it was understood in their bellies :)

  7. I've never tried adding coconut, but I will now!

  8. Love the idea of adding shredded coconuts to banana bread.

    And I'd have to say that any meal or drink enjoyed under your walnut tree would be the ultimate comfort experience.

  9. ah... a new year's gift... i have been wanting a really good comforting banana bread recipe. my thanks, and happy new year to you and yours!

  10. Mel,

    When I think of banana bread, I always think of my mom and my grandma; they always baked this delicious treat. It's perfect for breakfast and desert, and like you mentioned, I cannot eat it without butter! Thank you for the recipe.

    And...gorgeous shot of the Walnut tree!

  11. Banana bread is one of my favorite treats -- if I ever manage to convince myself to not eat all the bananas before they get really ripe. I've tried a bunch of recipes too, but have never found one that leaves me speechless. I have a feeling your recipe just might have that effect...

  12. Oh dear your sweet card are such a blessing to me...thank you so to you for a joyful new spread joy where ever you go. xoxoxoxoox

  13. Oh my goodness. This recipe sounds divine! I can't wait to try it out. Ripen, bananas! Ripen!!!

  14. SO making this this weekend. Will hopefully make me feel a little bit like I"m still on vacation. Hope you're having a lovely week my dear. xx

  15. Happy New Year!! 2 loafs in the oven as I type this. xx's


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