Brenda Stanley
Belle's Banana Bread

Because I love to cook, people assume I enjoy other domestic pursuits as well. This is far from the truth.

I am not into crafts, scrapbooking or sewing. I am incapable of arranging flowers, making greeting cards or even decorating my house. My walls are bare because I have no idea how to place photos or pictures in artsy arrangements. I rationalize by calling my style of décor “minimalistic.” But really, I am simply clueless.

However, in cooking, minimal ingredients can result in incredible taste and ease. My three-ingredient banana bread is a perfect example of a minimalistic masterpiece!

I can mix this up and have sweet, warm, moist banana bread in less than an hour, including baking time. And all the flavors are there. No one will ever guess that you weren’t measuring, sifting and mixing all day. For some crunchy texture, add some nuts. I love adding glazed walnuts for even more sweetness.

A great tip for ease in serving and cleanup is to line your pans with wax paper. You don’t have to use spray or grease for your pans and the loaves lift right out. Peel the paper off and you have a perfect finish.

Belle’s Banana Bread

1 box spice cake mix (dry)

3 eggs, beaten

3 ripe bananas, mashed

½ cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix all ingredients for at least two minutes. Pour into wax paper-lined loaf pans (about 2/3 full). Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Makes two medium-sized loaves.

Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of

twins, and a grandmother of three. She is a cookbook author and

novelist. Her website is at talesofthedinnerbelle.com.