It has been scientifically proven that our sense of smell is linked to memory and emotion. When I smell banana bread baking I am instantly transported to the early years of raising my children. The quiet of the early weekend morning when they were sleeping, not knowing that when they awoke they’d have a sweet surprise for breakfast. The scent of freshly brewed coffee mixing with the bread as I enjoyed the last few moments of solace and solitude before the mayhem of motherhood began. However, above all else, it reminds me of they’re eager faces and smiles of satisfaction as they took their first bite. Sitting at the kitchen table, kneeling on the chair, wearing adorable pajamas and a crown of wild bed-head. Banana walnut bread = sweet memories.
For a more scientific view, here’s a great article: http://www.fifthsense.org.uk/psychology-and-smell/
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.
- Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.
- Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake for 60, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.