Been staring at that poppyseed salad for awhile, eh? My bad. Let’s change the scenery, shall we?
It’s never not a good time for banana bread. Plus it happens to be a personal favorite of my Valentine, and I’m a sucker for that guy.
There are a million different ways to banana your bread, and I have yet to settle on “my” way. I think my way involves browned butter, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. It’s certainly a good start, anyway. This time around, I turned to the lovely Zoe Francois of Zoe Bakes, whose blog I’ve been following for ages and whose recipes are always second to none. Her original recipe is for Nutella Swirled Banana Bread (um, HELLO), but since I can’t keep Nutella in my pantry without terrible things happening (read: flabby jowls) I left it out.
What’s left is a banana bread for purists – strongly banana, faintly sweet and lightly spiced. The recipe makes two loaves — one for now and one for… slightly after now. If you’re feeling cutesy, it’s pretty fun to cut out banana bread hearts, dip them in chocolate, and trade them for smooches.