So the other day I was having one of “those”days. Not really sick but feeling a bit down and I didn’t know why. I stayed in my jammies, poured another coffee, threw in some laundry, and then I got this overwhelming urge to bake something! Turned out I had some ripe bananas on the counter so I pulled out my banana muffin recipe. Then I remembered I had fresh local strawberries from the farmer’s market on the weekend AND whipping cream in the fridge, so I made some scones for strawberry shortcakes.
I got me thinking that on days I’m feeling like that I often think of baking something. I love baking, was raised on baking from scratch, not from a box like a lot of my friends. My Mom is a baker, her Mom was a baker . Yup it’s in my genes.
So why is it that baking is so therapeutic? Well, it could be the familiarity of working through each step in the recipe. I find it’s very calming and gratifying. Or maybe it’s the anticipation of those yummy goodies coming out of the oven. There’s nothing like the delicious aroma of something baking in the oven. I mean that smell just oozes warmth, comfort, HOME. And maybe the best part of all: sharing! Whether you’re sharing with family, friends or maybe even some delighted co-workers, everyone appreciates fresh-baked treats. Whatever it is, I know I was sure feeling better afterwards. Made me think I should keep that apron a little closer.
In case I’ve inspired you to do some baking of your own (which I hope I have) I’m sharing one of my favourite Banana Muffin recipes from the Best of Bridge ladies. Hope you enjoy it!
1/2 cup (125ml) butter
1 cup (250ml) sugar
1 cup (250ml) mashed ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups (375ml) flour
1 tsp. (5ml) nutmeg
1 tsp. (5ml) baking soda
2 tsp. (10ml) hot water
1 tsp. (5ml) vanilla
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and bananas. Mix well. Stir in flour and nutmeg. Dissolve soda in hot water, add to banana mixture. Stir in vanilla. Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake at 350F (180C) for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes 10 muffins.