Lazy weekends sometimes tend to inspire me. We definitely had a lazy weekend this last weekend. It was cold outside and who wants to go out in that? So, since I had a 3 day weekend and Grumpy was going to only be home with me 2 of those days, I decided to be that 4 letter word….that isn’t so dirty after all. L-A-Z-Y. Grumpy was too….if not more so than me!
In between the TV and computer I would go into the kitchen. I went out for a bowl of Heart to Heart Cereal and an orange, then later a rice pudding cup (yes, store bought). Later in the day Grumpy got up and went out to make himself a hot beef sandwich with the leftover roast and gravy. I followed him out there and took notice of the two bananas that were too ripe to eat as is. I started thinking about bread and coconut and maraschino cherries and pecans. I made my bread and agonized over the next hour while it baked and the aroma filled the house. I agonized for yet another half hour after I took it out and set it to cool on the counter. I was just dying to cut into that bread. Finally, after about 30 minutes I decided I could take it no longer. I sliced off two slices, put a little smart balance butter on top and headed back to my room where I continued to watch my sci-fi movie and got all cozy under covers and savored every bite of that bread.
Cherry Coconut Banana Pecan Bread
1/2 cup white sugar
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups King Arthur While White Wheat Flour
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
Mix together flour, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chopped pecans.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes, and remove from pan. Cool.