Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Big Yellow Bowl and Banana Bread

What evokes memories for you?
 Sometimes it is the most simple items that  remind  me of  my  youth........ for  me;  a vintage  big yellow Pyrex bowl.
 These vintage Pyrex bowls are from the 40's ; came in a set of 4 bright cheery colours.  
Vintage 40's set

   Can still see  my Grannie make  pastry dough in the big yellow bowl  in the bright  sunlit turquoise kitchen   at Mom and Dad's  home in Glanworth...My English  Grannie was  a wonderful  baker...One of my first childhood baking attempts is using this bowl to make chocolate chip cookies.Then  once I mastered   cookies I graduated to banana cake.  

All my Mom had left was the  big yellow bowl... and a  loaf pan in soft yellow green.... 

When my sister and I were cleaning out Mom's home now that she needs   a nursing home , this big yellow bowl was  a memory both of  us wanted....   I settled for the loaf pan..... So how did I end up with  my own big yellow bowl?
My daughter Rosanne, who loves  vintage and  antique  shops;  knew  how much I loved that yellow bowl...at Christmas she surprised my with a whole  set....
I have this   cheerful set  sitting proudly on my kitchen counter and it brings a smile to me when ever I look at it.....

Miracle Whip and   frozen bananas  , not  yummy looking!
My first time using this bowl  decided to  make a banana cake  since my freezer had  several  rather mature bananas  needing to be used up....and a  tribute to my  long gone youth.
.... I subscribe to   Kraft emails and by coincidence   it had   a banana bread recipe that intrigued me,it    uses Miracle Whip.
Have heard of and think I have tried  a chocolate cake with MW  but never  banana bread...  had to try it....

Called Take 5  Banana Bread, it has been around for years and had a 5 star rating, lots of good comments.

1 cupMiracle Whip Original Spread
1 cup mashed fully ripe bananas (about 3)
2 cupsflour
3/4 cupsugar
2 tsp.baking soda
Love there are only 5 ingredients.!
HEAT oven to 350°F.
Batter is definitely  lumpy
COMBINE Miracle Whip and bananas in large bowl. Mix flour, sugar and baking soda. Add to Miracle Whip mixture; stir just until moistened. (Batter will be lumpy.) Got to use my retro loaf pan.
POUR into greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. My loaf pan is a bit  bigger.

Smells so  good!
BAKE 55 min. to 1 hour or until wooden toothpick inserted in centre comes clean. Cool in pan 10 min.; remove to wire rack.     
Nice texture

This moist  bread has good flavour  , is not overly sweet and did not need   any icing..
 Calories per slice 150.
Will make this again.

Would love to hear what simple things bring fond memories  back to you.


Muffy's Marks said...

My mom had the set, after 50 years all that was left was the green one!!! Ah the memories. She would mix meat loaf in them!

Bonnie said...

My sister and I took many of our grandmother's dishes because of the memories they brought. I often wonder if someone will want any of my things for the same reason.

Barbara F. said...

These Pyrex mixing bowls were a staple in my Mom's kitchen years ago! The big yellow one held her delicious chicken soup on Monday nights, the next largest was used for mashed potatoes, the two smaller ones for anything and everything. I had the smallest one for the longest time, it might still be in storage. This banana bread sounds so good. xo

Dianne said...

Too funny. I also have this coloured set of Pyrex bowls from my Mom. At least, I have the yellow and two green, my brother has the blue and red. I love these bowls and still use them ALL the time.

Rosanne said...

The banana bread looks great, I'll try it for sure. And so glad you're enjoying the bowls.

Jennifer said...

Wow, only 5 ingredients! The timing of your post is an amazing coincidence. Just yesterday, I was eyeing the overripe bananas on my counter and wondering if I should make muffins or bread. I may just have to give this recipe a go.
My mother-in-law has the same set of Pyrex mixing bowls. I have often seen similar bowls at flea markets, but have never seen the matching loaf pan. Lucky you to have inherited it from your Mom.
Have a great weekend Rosemary!