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Cassie's Banana Bread

After the vet left on Tuesday, I was surprised at how physically weak I was. I tried to move from the couch but my legs felt like I was a mermaid. I could barely muster the strength even to speak. So I slept. For a couple of hours. And when I woke, I knew I had to put myself to a task, otherwise I would lie paralyzed until Greg got home. So I made myself some tea and took two sticks of butter out of the fridge to come to room temperature to make banana bread.

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First, I sipped my tea.

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I hadnít eaten all day, which Iím sure contributed to my weakness. Holding the cup in my hands warmed me and comforted me.

Then I started to bake.

Butter and bananas.

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I decided to use the chocolate Mom and Leigh brought back from Oaxaca. That made the bread a little more special. I also liked the idea that the chocolate would make the bread take on the colors of Cassie.

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Prep:
Flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, loaf pans and hand mixer.

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Grease the pans:

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Sift the dry ingredients together:

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Cream the butter and sugar:

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Add the eggs, one at a time:

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Mix in the dry ingredients, a little at a time:

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Peel and mash the bananas:

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Stir in the chocolate and the banana:

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Split the batter between two loaf pans:

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Bake:

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Let cool about 10 minutes, then slide a knife around the edge and remove the bread from the pans:

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When itís cool enough, slice. See Cassieís colors?

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That night, the world was quiet without her.

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Cassieís Banana Bread
4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 sticks butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
6 large bananas, very ripe, mashed
1 cup finely chopped chocolate

Preheat over to 325. Butter two loaf pans. Sift the flour, salt and baking soda together into a bowl.
Beat butter and sugar until pale yellow and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Sift the dry into the mixture a little at a time. Stir in bananas and chocolate.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Yield: 2 loaves.

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13:14:46 on 09/24/06 by liz - Category: Cooking

Comments

lbabs wrote:

oh lordy, that end of this post brought chills and tears.
yay for cassie's banana bread.

09/30/06 14:37:21

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