Saturday, October 4, 2014

"B" is for Banana Bread (and Bigfoot)

Banana Bread

My daughter's friend stayed over, so I made some banana bread for breakfast. When I went to look for the recipe on Cookbook Bites I realized I hadn't actually posted my favorite recipe to the blog so I grabbed my camera to remedy this. (Recipe below)

Extra Rich Vanilla Extract
Extra Rich Vanilla Extract

While the banana bread was baking, I went to work on the cover art for an ABC book I've been working on with Matt Smith. The book is called "B" is for Bigfoot, an ABC Book of Wonderful Creatures that will be available to preorder in November as an eBook. I've been busting a move getting the art finished and have love, love, loved working on this project! We have an editorial review coming in about a week for final changes.

B is for Bigfoot, cover sketch
B is for Bigfoot children's ABC book, early cover sketch
My drawing teacher in college suggested I create something like a children's book... so, I've been working on this since last winter creating letters to go with my favorite legendary monsters as a fun way to introduce the storybook of world myth (so-to-speak) to kids as they're learning their letters. It's fun to watch shows like Finding Bigfoot and Destination Truth---and years ago In Search of with Leonard Nimoy. I'm guessing there are other cryptozoology fans out there because they're still making these shows. ???

B is for Bigfoot children's ABC book cover drawing ready to finalize
B is for Bigfoot ABC book cover drawing ready to finalize in ink and add color.

Update: B is for Bigfoot and ABC Book of Wonderful Creatures is available for $2.99 on Kindle.

Fresh baked banana bread
Cookbook Bites Recipe Review of Banana Bread

Banana Bread
1 C walnuts (optional, I didn't have any)
1 3/4 C (Plus 1 heaping T, high altitude) all-purpose, unbleached flour
3/4 C sugar
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 t cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 C butter, melted (Cooled)
3 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 t vanilla

Combine the walnuts, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a separate bowl.  Next melt the butter and cool. In a separate bowl combine the eggs, butter, mashed bananas and vanilla. Add the wet mixture to the dry and combine. Prepare 1 loaf pan. Pour batter into the pan and bake at 350 for 55 minutes (or until a toothpick test comes out clean). Let the loaf of banana bread cool a few minutes then slice to serve.

Recipe Source: Banana Bread Recipe & Video by Stephanie Jaworski, Joy of

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