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That crispy sugared-almond topping right there…that’s the best part.
Sure, this banana bread is tender, moist, not too sweet, with little pops of banana in each slice.
But it’s that sugar-crisp crust that pushs this bread into nirvana-land.
The crispy, caramelized sugar crust and that bit of almond crunch is just spot on.
And I hate saying spot on.
I would rather say rock on.
Or party on.
Also, I got to use Greek yogurt in this thing. I just thought I’d throw it in there.
And it totally worked.
I’m kind of addicted to cornmeal things.
So when I made these warm, honey-buttered cornmeal drop biscuits, I had a few more than a couple.
These are based on a Dorie Greenspan’s recipe, which called for maple syrup (the real stuff). I tried them with the maple and really liked them, but found that the maple flavor didn’t shine through.
So I opted to bake in a bit of honey this time, brushing a little honey-butter over the biscuits when they came out of the oven, too.
Yummy. Kind of crumbly like cornbread, but better, more flavorful with the honey-butter.
I am not a hippie.
I may wear long skirts and have ridiculously long hair.
I may like patchouli and those thin green shoots of bamboo they sell at head shops.
I may have homemade my babies’ food.
Maybe I even like Pink Floyd and a little reggae now and then.
But I am not a hippie.
However, I am starting to have a thing for the hippy-ish, eat-from-the-earth book that bore the recipe for this blueberry cornbread — “Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods.”
I’m actually reading this book. With two toddlers, reading is a rare occurrence relegated to very late weekend nights.
It’s moist. It’s delicious. It’s banana bread on crack.
Six blackish bananas, a handful of walnuts and some brown sugar — all bake up into a loaf that hits somewhere between a rich breakfast quick bread and a banana-dense cake.
It’s easy, too. I didn’t even need a whisk. My almost-3-year-old helped me mash, stir and, of course, taste…although she starts a little earlier in the taste-testing than I do (flour, vanilla, baking soda…she licks it all).