For taste & Create VIII, I was paired with Stephanie from A Whisk and a Spoon. Stephanie lives in Australia and let me warn you, you can spend an awful lot of time paging through her blog and drooling over her gorgeous pictures. I had to laugh when I found out that I was paired with A Whisk and a Spoon because I am so not into baking. Stephanie obviously is and I worried what she would think when she saw my blog. I doubt there's a single baked good in mine.
I'm not sure why I don't bake. I like a good cheesecake or muffin as well as the next person. I guess I had this idea that baking is messy and precise and, well, just not me. I may have to re-think that position. After going through all of Stephanie's recipes (and gaining a couple of pounds just looking at the pictures!) I settled on a happy compromise: Mom's Banana Apple Bread. It has three bananas and two apples in it. That makes it healthy, right? ;-) Yummy was never in question. I love banana bread. Add in pieces of apple sauteed in brown sugar and cinnamon and how could you possibly go wrong? The recipe was simple. It went together in no time at all (with the help of my new stand mixer. Yeah!) And the apples filled the kitchen with a glorious cinnamon-y smell (I kept thinking how nice those apples would be as an afternoon snack, but I was good and added them all to the bread. Next time though ... )
Definitely a hit around here. Even the picky girls loved it. I'd planned to take some up to my mom but there isn't enough left! We'll definitely be making this one again and again. This is definitely one recipe that's worth running a couple of extra miles for!