With pecans in the mix as well as in a layer nestled in a toffee syrup on the bottom; Banana Bread with Pecans and Toffee Glaze is a treat everyone loves.
I love the Kentucky Derby; the truth is I just love horses. It’s not like I’ve ever had one but their size and beauty has often brought me to tears I just find them so magnificent and I always look forward to seeing them fly like the wind during racing season. As a young girl I loved going to the Anheuser-Busch farm near St. Louis to see the Clydesdale horses; nothing prepares you for their size until you are standing next to them, looking up.
As kids we never had the opportunity to ride horses though. That time came when I was 19 years old and met a friend who had two horses. We would ride a couple of times a week in the afternoon and I loved that we could run and gallop and not just ride with a group on a trail. I will never forget the time my horse took off running and I thought we were going to crash into a bench that was in our path. Silly me; that horse knew better and that was my first lesson in jumping; both scary and yet thrilling beyond belief!
So this weekend I know where I’ll be on Saturday; sitting in front of the TV and pretending I’m with the masses at Churchill Downs. If I plan well I’ll have my big old floppy hat on, a mint julep in hand and some treats to enjoy on the side.
Banana bread is never planned in this house; it is ALWAYS the end result of a purchase of too many bananas and not enough eating of said bananas. What else can you do with them anyhow? I admit, I was inspired when I had some bananas that needed to be used on the counter matched with having friends coming over for the race; I thought this version of banana bread must be reminiscent of the South with the abundance of pecans in the mix, right?
The word is getting out what I do over here so the whole crew from my new street will be coming over to watch the race with me. I love to cook and bake and they love to eat; perfect synergy!
Here’s to the best horse winning!