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Cooking with Kids – Banana Bread

I love cooking and baking and so do my kids! The extra ‘help’ can sometimes present unique challenges to an otherwise simple process but I have learned to enjoy the exercise in patience that cooking with kids provides me.

During the pandemic, our family has made a habit out of making quick breads (like banana bread and pumpkin bread) and having them each day for an afternoon snack with tea.

This week, my seven-year-old and my three-year-old helped me make some banana bread – you can see the recipe here:

Dan’s Banana Bread
-2 cups flour (1 cup whole wheat, 1 cup self-rising flour)
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/2 cup melted butter (I usually use unsalted)
-1/2 cup pure maple syrup
-2 eggs
-3 cups mashed bananas (4 or 5 bananas…or 6)
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine wet ingredients.
Combine dry ingredients.
Mix everything together.
Grease bread pan with coconut oil or butter.
Cook 1 hour.
Let cool 5-10 minutes and enjoy!


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Video Transcription

hello friends today we’re cooking withkids because I mean first ingredientsthe week that I finally picked up enoughbananas to satisfy my kids insatiablebanana demand was the week that theydecided oh we don’t like to eat bananasanymore oh you’re eating these bananaskids you’re going to eat these bananasin today’s episode of cooking with kidswe’re making banana bread now I havefour children but today we’re workingwith the two youngest a seven-year-oldand a toddler the older two are off on aminecraft or starting a fortnight orsomething now before I activate myhelpers if I can I try to do a littlebit of setup ahead of time so I have thebest chance at success that meansputting out a separate bowl to crackeggs in to in case there’s shell thathas to be dug out before it’s added tothe rest of the ingredients that meansputting out a paper towel for cleanupwhen cracking eggs gets messy that meansmelting the butter ahead of time thatmeans preheating the oven or ah thatmeans completely cleaning the top of thestove and then preheating the oven to350 that means getting out all of theingredients and the measuring cups aheadof time now before I had as many helpersas I do now I used to start cookingwithout knowing if I had all theingredients that’s when I came up withunique substitutes like maple syrup forsugar or melted butter instead ofcooking oil my banana bread recipe haschanged a lot over the years because Ihaven’t had one ingredient or anotherand I needed to substitute a differentkind of flour or sweetener or oil butnow that I’ve landed on something I likepretty well I check to make sure I haveeverything in the recipe before I beginlive and learn I guess I went ahead andput the recipe in the description ofthis video if you want to see if youhave the ingredients for it the biggestpiece of advice I can give when cookingwith two kids is divide the task ofmixing wet ingredients and dryingredients by child I give the olderand hopefully more responsible child thetask of mashing bananas cracking eggsand mixing all the wet ingredientstogether over in the dining room and Igive the task of stirring dryingredients to my younger helper and hedoes this in the kitchenright next to me where I can keep an eyeon himas you could hear in that last clip hewas pretty sure he was gonna get toomashed bananas too so I went ahead andlet him mash a ceremonial banana in aseparate bowl that’s not shown in ourvideo today I don’t mind the extradishes and I was not prepared to die onthat mountain if you suddenly discoveryourself in a shouting match with athree-year-old you’ve probably donesomething wrong so take a step back takea deep breath and see where you canadjust your plans so now my seven yearold is over in the other room gnashingfour or five bananas about three cups ofmashed bananas well I guess technicallyshe’s peeling them well my little guyand I measured 2 cups of flour I like touse 1 cup of whole wheat flour fortexture and 1 cup of self-rising flourbecause I had that around one time andit works really well but if all you haveis all-purpose flour 2 cups so thatworks great team wet ingredients comesin for the first eggshe takes it back to her position in thedining room and cracks in painfullyslowly but that’s okaythere we go at last the recipe calls fortwo eggs so you’ll do this part twiceand yes two trips back and forth to thekitchen increases your risk of a droppedegg along the way but I’ve run thecost-benefit analysis and it is worth itto buy some extra time to work with thedry ingredients with your chocolate kingdry ingredients is adding one teaspoonof baking sodaokay stir that all up and a halfteaspoon of salt now instead of sugarthis recipe calls for 1/2 cup maplesyrupso that will be added to the wetingredients like someone left their postin the kitchens that’s on me it’s okaysometimes spills happen and it’s a goodchance for the grown-ups to practicepatience and it’s a good chance for thechildren to practice cleaning up theirspills now we add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon[Music]1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoonnutmeg stir all that together a littleguysend 1/2 cup of melted butter that’s onestick of melted butter along with yourolder help you can follow along to helpmeasure the vanilla we need 1/2 teaspoonof vanilla give or take this is aboutwhen things will start to fall apartyeah this is so expect that and try tokeep your cool is it all mixed up thankGod in my nose a little bit no I need tosneeze dad our food once the wet and dryingredients are all mixed togetherseparately it’s time to bring theingredients and the helpers into thesame room to mix it all together yeah Iscoop it out make sure it all goes inthe bowl work good teamwork everyone sopractice those turn-taking skills andlet them mix while you prep the breadpan did I mention you need a bread loafpan to make banana bread I didn’tokay well it’s kind of implied rightas you pour your mixture into the panmake sure your three-year-old helps witha useless fork then find someone to helpyou open the oven put your creationinside I find it’s helpful to turn thelight on in case anybody wants to watchthen set for one hour and find somethingto do while you’re waiting this worksthey’ll sleep well tonight right okayI’m good at one hour check to make sureit’s done with the toothpick or achopstick as we are doing whentoothpicks are scarce let it cool forfive minutes before slicing it up foryour afternoon snack we find the amountof time it takes for the bread to coolis about the time it takes to boil somewater and steep some tea afternoon teaand quick fred has become a fun part ofour daily routine during the pandemicone loaf of banana bread is about enoughto feed our family of six for two daysor two tea sessionsno banana is safe I will see you in themixing bowl in two days my friend goodluck with your own baking adventures ifyou decide to use my recipe let me knowin the comments I’d love to hear how itgoes for you happy baking[Music]

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