Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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St. Nicholas
Any chance you remembered to put out a shoe last night? 
Today is the feast day of St. Nicholas. The figure of Santa Claus comes from St. Nick, who in turn comes from the real-life St. Nicholas, a fourth-century bishop from Myra, in what is now Turkey. In many parts of the world, today is the day that children get gifts -- on the evening of December 5th, they might put out shoes and get small gifts like fruit, coins, or toys. 
Perhaps this might be a good baking day to get a jump start for the holiday season.

Banana Bread
makes 3 loaves
  • 7 large or 9 small bananas over ripe ones and use food processor to blend smooth
  • 6 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups melted butter or margarine (using a combination of butter and margarine works the best
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups white flour
  • 1-3/4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 3 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 TB. Cinnamon
  • 2-3 cups chopped nuts
  • In processor add blended bananas, eggs one at a time, cinnamon, melted butter and margarine and sugars-mix well
  • In a large bowl add flours, baking soda and salt
  • Add creamed banana mixture to flour mixture and mix well
  • Stir in chopped nuts
  • Divide among three greased loaf pans
  • Bake @ 325 about an hour-check at 55 minutes
Makes a moist flavorful bread-the secret to the flavor is using whole wheat flour

 "Smile, breathe and go slowly." 

by Thich Nhat Hanh 

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