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The three day weekend was sure fun. I needed the break after the schools reopened. On Sunday my daughter informed me that it was her doll...

Banana Bread With Pecans And Craisins For Maya

The three day weekend was sure fun. I needed the break after the schools reopened. On Sunday my daughter informed me that it was her doll Maya's first birthday. This means we had to make her something special to celebrate. As usual, I thought we were going to pretend play with her doll food, but no she was very serious about it. She told me Maya will not like doll food and would love real cakes. She came up with a lot of suggestions as to what we had to bake for her. It was very interesting as to what kids can recommend. In the end I told her that I had some over ripe frozen banana's and maybe I can make something with that. Immediately she told me Maya loves banana bread and told me that she would help me with the preparation. So we came up with our own version of banana bread.  We had such a blast adding ingredients that we found in out  pantry. I must say after baking the bread for an hour we celebrated Maya's birthday and in the end enjoyed some warm banana bread that night. Both of us agreed that the bread was very moist and that we liked it a lot but we did not get the same approval from Papa.


Loaf pan
Mixing bowls
Wooden spoon
Measuring Cups and Spoons


All Purpose Flour - 1 1/2 cups
Pecan Meal - 1/2 cup
Baking Powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Frozen Butter - 1tbsp
Oil - 3 tbsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Super Ripe Large Banana - 3 
Pecans = 1 cup chopped
Eggs - 2 eggs
Almond Extract - 1 tsp
Craisins - 1/2 cup


1. In a bowl mush the bananas and eggs well.
2. Add sugar, oil, almond extract and mix well( wet mix)
3. In another bowl mix 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour, pecan meal, baking powder and mix well ( dry mix)
4. Add the dry ingredients in 3 batches to the wet mix.
5. Add chocolate chips, craisins, pecans to a bowl and coat them well with the all purpose flour. ( this step helps in evenly distributing the chocolate chips, nuts and dry fruits evenly. If they were added with the dry mix they might sink to the bottom of the bread)
6. Add this to the batter, mix well and transfer to a loaf pan.Then cut 1 tbsp of frozen butter into tiny pieces and spread them on top of the batter and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or it passes the tooth pick test. Serve it warm with some butter.


  1. Wow luks awesome...banana bread sounds too gud.

  2. Woww, such a droolworthy banana bread, looks wholesome with nuts and craisins..

  3. You made me nostalgic, I remembered my chilhood days when we would get our dolls married and Mom used to make food for that celebration.
    The bread has turned out so beautifully. I am sure ur daughter and Maya must have relished it, common Papa, u can also say that.:-)

  4. Looks fabulous. My daughter shouldn't get such ideas. I will be baking cake every week then.

  5. Wow, what a delicious looking bread, simply beautiful color and mouth watering pic :)

  6. Lovely texture and soft cake!!

  7. Lovely color and looks delicious.


  8. looks yummy!!tempting colour too