Twenty five years ago, our community collaborated on a cookbook called Recipes that Bear Repeating, which is still one of my favorite cookbooks. The recipes are tried and true, many of which have served our guests and retreatants over the years. One of our founders, Mother Cay, liked to remind us that Jesus loves to meet us in the little jobs that make up everyday life. “Life with Jesus,” she would say, “is in the mundane!” And we have found over and over again that He cares very much about the small things that concern us — what to have for dinner, how to celebrate our holidays, and so on through our daily life.
As we walk through Lent, we are reminded of these words, and pray that you also will meet Jesus in the kitchen, doing the laundry, cleaning the house or whatever your “mundane” might be.
CHANGE SERVING SIZEloaf
- 1 2/3 cups flour all purpose
- 1 tsp baking soda sifted
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter softened, not melted (1 stick)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 egg(s)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup banana(s) mashed
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup nuts chopped, optional
- Combine flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside
- Cream together in a standing mixer the softened butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and beat for 2 min. or until light and fluffy
- Add banana, sour cream, nuts (optional) and cream together
- Slowly add flour mixture slowly, one cup at a time, until just incorporated (do not overbeat or your batter will be tough)
- Pour into a well-greased 9x5x3" loaf pan (glass is best) or greased muffin tins.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min. or until a tooth pick comes out partially clean. Bake 10-15 min. for muffins.
- Let cool slightly, turn out of pan and enjoy!