On the subject of cooking with my kids… P is home “sick” today. He woke up achy and bedraggled. Personally I think he’s just having trouble dragging his little butt to school, but he does feel a bit warm so, what the heck, he’s home. So this post is written by my 9-year old son…
I was bored so I asked my mom if we could make banana bread and she said sure. I like making banana bread because I get to taste it after we add each ingredient and it always tastes good. And I like to use the mixer. I get to open eggs which is fun. I also get to lick the bowl and the mixer tools. I like to cook. When I added the sweet potato to the batter is was a bit hard because it was a bit frozen but I put it in and it smelled good.
In kindergarten I got to learn how to make toast for a snack with cranberry sauce and it was really good. I can also make Nutella sandwiches and pb & j sandwiches. One time I made macaroni and cheese.
I want to make meter-long bread loafs at home because they are cool and I could have breadstick fights. I also want to learn to make crab cakes because I’ve had them before and they are really good.
Whenever I cook with my sister I always do things better than her because I am a better cook than her because I cook more because she is always on the computer. I like to help slice cucumbers. I like to plant tomatoes and strawberries in our garden. I also plant blueberries and lettuce.
Here is P’s recipe (a variation on Martha’s basic recipe):
Paradise Banana Bread
- 1/2 stick butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup sweet potato puree
- 1/4 plain yogurt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a loaf pan.
- In an electric mixer cream butter, sugar and eggs until fluffy.
- In a measuring cup stir flour, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture, making sure to scrape the bottom of the mixer to incorporate.
- Stir in bananas, sweet potato, yogurt and vanilla, pour into prepared pan.
- Bake until a skewer inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. This varies but is at least 90-minutes. If your loaf is getting too brown, cover with foil.
You can add anything to this really, chocolate chips, nuts, flaxseed, or flavored yogurt (Greek-style honey yogurt for example, mmmm).