If you haven’t noticed, Winter is in full swing which means snow covered landscapes, hot chocolate, trips to the ski hills, and hearty baked goods. As much as I love warm muffins and scones from my local bakery, nothing beats my Gramma’s banana bread on a blistery winter day.
And there is nothing like being in the kitchen with my Gramma when she bakes her famous bread. The meticulous measuring of ingredients. The diligent mashing of the bananas. The slow mixing of the batter by hand. And I wouldn’t dare ask her if she needs help… she’s got it all memorized and has a strict method that she follows.
The watching and waiting is always worth it! The kitchen starts to smell of bananas and nutmeg. And without fail, the delicious and welcoming fragrance wafts down the hall and unconsciously gathers everyone in the house. Before you know it the whole family is gathered in the kitchen awaiting a sliver of Gramma’s dense bread.
The oven timer beeps signifying the completion of this rich treat. Gramma opens the oven and carefully bends down to remove the payload. Slicing and serving the bread while it’s still warm is the key to happiness. Warmed ever so slightly with a smear of cinnamon honey butter… it’s comfort for the soul.
As soon as Winter arrives I bring to life the smell of Gramma’s kitchen in my own. And while I admit I am not as diligent as my Gramma when I make this bread, it comes out perfectly baked every time!
Gramma’s Best Ever Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
I don’t believe in trying to improve on an already sure thing, that’s why this recipe is exactly as my gramma would make it (including the Miracle Whip!!). This dense bread is dotted with melty chocolate chips and is best served warm from the oven!
1/4 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
3 mashed bananas
2 tbsp Miracle Whip
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Sprinkle of nutmeg & cinnamon
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350C.
2. Soften butter and whip sugar into butter.
3. Add bananas, egg, miracle whip. Beat thoroughly.
4. Mix together dry ingredients, then slowly add to wet mixture until well incorporated.
5. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Pour into loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Enjoy warm with a smear of cinnamon honey butter.