In addition to all the other wonderful (and more motherly) things I’m looking forward to when our little one arrives— like that freshly bathed baby smell, the adorable coos and sighs, and the eventual chunky baby thighs— I am looking forward to getting my drink on again.
It’s a little sad how much I’ve missed alcohol these past 9 months. And when I saw a banana bread recipe that included not only chocolate and walnuts, but a healthy dose of bourbon as well, I was immediately on board.
The recipe comes from the Joy the Baker Cookbook, and one of the reasons why I love Joy so much is that she loves bourbon. I’m not a whiskey drinker, but bourbon is the exception. The flavor doesn’t come out very strongly in the bread, but it does add a hint of “adultness” that I like. This is banana bread for grown-ups.
If you prefer to omit the alcohol, simply substitute it for a little vanilla and bump up your banana amount by a few tablespoons if you can.
For me, banana bread is pure comfort food. And a slice is perfectly acceptable at any time of day, which is perhaps my favorite thing about it. It’s the perfect snacking food. And since my due date is less than a week away (yikes!), I’m trying to stock my freezer and pantry with goodies like this to help sustain me during the first few blurry weeks as a new mom.
Babies, banana bread, and bourbon. Oh my!
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