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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Banana Bread

Periwinkle..........I have these in my garden all over the place. I like to incorporate these periwinkles on my tablesacpes, I think it makes the table look so summery and fresh. I love the beautiful colour periwinkle has of Lavendar Blue. ***The first recorded use of 'periwinkle' as a colour name in English was in 1922.

My Maternal Grandmother told me when she was a lil' girl in the Ukraine a Bride would make a wreath with these periwinkles and use it as a veil for her wedding and sometimes poke other flowers around...........other times she said that in summer girls would gather around a river make these periwinkle wreaths with flowers all around and send them down the river. In hopes whichever boy would pick up that wreath would be the one who she marries........ mind all this was at the turn of the century.

Banana Bread
(Martha Stewart Recipe)

1/2 cup (i stick) butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 cup mashed very ripe bananas

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat to incorporate.

2. In a med. bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and mix well until just combined. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine. Stir in nuts, and pour into prepared pan.

3. Bake until a cake tester inserted intot the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

Notes; I omitted the nuts in this recipe and at my daughter's request I added chocolate chips instead.

This has to be my favourite Banana Bread and I have experimented with with a few recipes.........what I think makes this so smooth and moist is the sour cream.

Thanks for stopping By!!!


  1. Looks great Erica...this is my favorite banana bread recipe too!
    Lovely pics!

  2. Love your periwinkle story, The wreaths for the hair and sending down the river is done on St. John Day. I'm sure it is still done, certainly my husbands family and my cousins do it.I can remember my friend saying that the first year she was married she thought she would get all romantic with her new husband and made all these wreaths and had them all over their bed only to discover they had some bug and they were chewed up during their very romantic evening. Great Post.

  3. I have periwinkle that I just yanked up to clear away in one of our flower beds. I could have made wreaths!

    Thanks for linking your banana bread recipe to Food on Fridays! For me, adding the chocolate chips would make any banana bread recipe my favorite! ;)

  4. Your photos are beautiful! Both of the banana bread and the flowers!

    I love that you added chocolate chips to the bread! I wanted to do that the last time I made banana bread, but my husband made a face when I suggested it, so I left them out. I'm adding them next time!