Month two of my resolution to send goodies to good people was a disaster until it wasn't. This month's recipient, my lovely and talented friend Amy, loves all things chocolate, and especially Oreos. I honestly thought it was going to be a piece of cake. Chocolate lovers are easy to please, right?
Well, when you are an able baker, yes. Turns out, I am not.
Truffles need to be refrigerated and thus do not travel to Texas very well. My next thought was brownies, but in cookie form to be a little more creative.
So I settled on plain brownies. They aren't very creative, but I figured they would travel well and would give that chocolate kick that I wanted.
They were a gooey, sticky mess.
As you can see, I was not in a good baking place that week. After multiple batches of batter and all of the chocolate I had, I gave up. Am I already falling down on my resolution, this, the second time I try?
What else can be sent across the country that is handmade?
A painting! I decided that homemade doesn't have to mean edible. This recipe for banana bread is a treasure. To me, it's the end-all be-all of banana bread, and the reason I haven't really experimented with the stuff on this blog. As far as I'm concerned, Amy's family has perfected it, and any time I can get a slice, preferably slathered with butter, I consider myself lucky.
Lucky for me, I have a copy of the recipe, so for Amy's treat, I illustrated her family's special recipe. With watercolor and felt-tip pen, I showcased the recipe with whimsical drawings and hand written ingredients and instructions.
I wrapped it in parchment paper secured with cute tape and a little note letting my dear friend know how awesome I think she is, and that while my phone skills need work, I think about her often.
While she didn't get to eat this treat (hey Amy, don't eat it!), I still got to talk to her and that is what this is all about--staying in touch with friends throughout the year.
Do you have a favorite recipe or a family heirloom? Do you want it illustrated? I'd love to do more of these, so let me know. Leave a comment or email me and we'll create recipes together!
The Schnitman's Famous Banana Bread (from my dear friends The Schnitman's--Hi Donna! Hi Amy and JR! Hi Paul! Hi Kyle!)
Makes 2 loaves
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup butter
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp salt
- 8-9 very, very ripe bananas, mashed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.
- Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Add mashed bananas and stir into mixture.
- Pour mixture into the pans and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Cover pans with foil and bake for another 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Enjoy! It really is the best.