The little girl (though I think I should stop calling her little…) was so inspired by last weekend’s baking session that she wanted to bake her own banana loaf. So I handed her the recipe and told her that she was on her own, except for the preheating of the oven and putting/removing the loaf pan in or out of the hot oven.
Of course I stayed nearby to keep an eye on her. As it turned out, I shouldn’t have worried – in fact, I was quite impressed! Apparently all those times when she showed an interest while I was in the kitchen and/or helped out as I cooked and/or baked, she was really paying attention.
She did everything by herself. She got out all the ingredients, measured and mixed. I was amazed that she could handle the hand mixer – one hand holding the bowl, the other hand on the mixer…she was great!
I was only called to help when she realized the mixing bowl with the batter was too heavy for her to lift with a single while the other hand held the spatula to coax the batter into the loaf pan. And of course, to put the loaf pan into the hot oven.
She watched the oven and checked the progress of her banana loaf every 5 to 10 minutes. When the timer dinged, I got summoned to take the pan out of the oven and she tested finished product with a cake tester. The tester did not come out quite clean so she told me – 5 more minutes mommy!
Her banana loaf was beautiful! And super yummy!!!
At the end of the day, hubby was impressed as well. And he loved the banana loaf!
I was not surprised that there were none left the next day… a bit disappointed perhaps – simply because I thought I could enjoy a slice with my favorite coffee for breakfast!!!
For the recipe, see the blog entry Baking Day with BFF.