This is a post I have been putting off for some time now. I’ve started it twice before and spent countless hours trying to write it in my head. My Grandmother, Claire Alvis Phipps, was an amazing lady. She passed away two weeks ago at the age of 97. I so wish I could share all of who she was with you, but there aren’t enough words.
As a kid, I was never close to her, she and Grandpa lived far away and we usually saw them 4 times a year. Honestly, I dreaded their visits. She’d check under my bed to make sure it was orderly, (which it never was), she’d remind me about manners and the importance of staying ‘trim’. I felt she was so ‘formal’, so ‘proper’ , and I was such a mess!
Just after I had my first baby she came to live with my mother, and together they bought the house directly behind mine. For the first time, I really got to know her, and she got to know me. She was formal, and she was proper, but she was also kind, generous and fun. We read a lot of the same books, shared recipes, grew roses, worked crafts, played cards, talked politics and enjoyed my kids. And my kids LOVED her! She especially loved reading to them. We all miss her greatly. I feel so fortunate that we had the past 12 years to know one another, she has greatly impacted the lady I’ve become.
She was an amazing cook, and in her memory I’d like to share her recipe for banana bread. She made this recipe almost every week, I don’t even like bananas, but I’ve loved this bread since I was a kid, particularly cold, with a pat of butter!
It’s a super simple recipe. Gather the ingredients,
Mix them together, and bake!
It is simply delicious.
Now my house smells like Gran’s,
Gran’s Banana Bread
- 3C Flour
- 3/4t Salt
- 1t baking soda
- 2C Sugar
- 1t cinnamon
- 1c chopped pecans or walnuts
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1C vegetable Oil
- 2C mashed bananas, about 5 reg bananas
- 1 (8oz) can crushed pineapple
- 2t Vanilla
Pre-heat oven at 350, grease 2 loaf pans.
Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in nuts. In a second large bowl, combine eggs, oil, bananas, pineapple and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients in thirds, to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into pans and bake for 1hour and 10min. When cool, store tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator. Enjoy!