Monday, May 2, 2011

Warm Walnut Banana Bread to Send to Mom for Mother's Day

Although I wish it wasn’t so, I live very far away from my Mom.  For Mother’s Day this year I wanted to send her something I baked because I think it’s a bit more personal and thoughtful.  I chose a banana bread recipe because I needed something that would ship well and something that she would love.  As I’ve mentioned before, my Mom is from South Africa, so nothing with chocolate chips in it would do.  (Although, if you prefer, you can easily substitute the raisins for chocolate chips, just don’t try offering a piece to my Mom with her afternoon tea).  Of course I wish I could be there to share this warm and comforting cake with her, it still makes me happy to know she’ll be enjoying it on Mother’s Day.

This recipe is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s “How to Be a Domestic Goddess”.  She describes the cake as a perfect recipe for anyone who is just starting out learning to bake because it’s really simple to make and really difficult to mess up.  The recipe says to coat the raisins in rum before using them and the effect is really unique.  They become much softer and sweeter as the alcohol melts away.  Banana bread is also an ideal way to use up old bananas.  When I have any that have gone too brown to eat I just throw them in the freezer and then use them for this banana bread.  I highly recommend surprising your own mom with this wonderful bread sometime soon.
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