Hope & Choc Chip Banana Bread

 

A Delicious Choc Chip Banana Bread Recipe to Make for the Ones You Love Most

At the start of this year it would’ve been hard to imagine that flour and sugar would ever be hard to come by. Yet since coronavirus arrived, people have been seeking comfort and security like never before. 

 Where have they been looking for it? Baking.

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Today I’m excited to share a recipe for choc chip banana bread that’s full of heart. I’ve always known that baking was good for the soul, right since me and my sisters shared homemade bakes together as little girls (more of that coming up later).

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When you bake it’s not just about throwing a few things into a bowl, mixing it up and banging it in the oven. Baking is about love and soul and comfort, relieving stress and creating the kind of delicious aromas that can take you back to a time and place in an instant.

 

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In recent days, goodies left on NHS workers doorsteps or a handmade loaf sent to a vulnerable neighbour; these things have spelled out care and thought for others. In the world of coronavirus and isolation from the people we love, we’ve never needed baking more.

Let me share a short story about how baking can bring hope…. 

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Back in March I got a lovely message from Kristie, a friend of my sister, Susannah. 

We lost dear Sus last summer after a short battle with cancer but getting this message made me think of her amazing, mega watt smile and inspired me to an afternoon of baking with my kids.

Here’s the message I received: 

 Hello Louisa, 

 I hope this finds you well.

 I just wanted to share with you that I love baking and I reckon about 18-20 years ago Sus shared with me a recipe for choc chip banana bread. I’ve been making it ever since. 

 At the time I was just moving out of home and was gifted a recipe journal. I was just starting out and this recipe is on page 3. Sus made it one day and brought it into work. We demolished it and she then gave me the recipe! 

 In amongst all this craziness, I needed to get back to basics this afternoon, and I had three very ripe bananas - so of course I made Susannah’s banana bread! I enjoyed baking it and thinking of my dear friend. She made me smile. Then my kids ate it while I told them about your beautiful sister..

 I just want you to know that Sus is very much here in spirit for many different people, in lots of different ways. You and your family are often in my thoughts. As is Susannah. Take care x 

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See what I mean? 

In a world where we’re forced to be apart, baking is still bringing people together.

 

And now, here’s Susannah's recipe… 

It seemed only right that I should share this precious recipe for choc chip banana bread with you. It really is the ultimate bake for taking leftovers that no one fancies and turning them into something delicious and comforting. 

You can download the recipe here and when you’ve made the bread, why not come over to our Facebook page? It’s a brilliant, friendly place full of like-minded people where you’re sure to pick up plenty of tips and inspiration. See you there!  


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  • Linda on

    I needed to hear this story today. I went looking for my grandmothers old Belgian cookie iron that was brought with my family when they immigrated here in the 1800s. Pulled out Nana s recipe and started a to bake. So many warm memories came flooding in, seeing her mix the dough and turning that heavy cast iron cookie maker on the gas stove making those cookies one by one. Nana s favorite meal was 25Cent special, I think most call it chopped sui today. Noodles ground beef and tomatoes. I’m going to make that for dinner tonight. So so sorry to hear about you loosing your sister. This letter was such a sweet and special gift to you, and you sharing it was special to all of us. Thank you and God bless your family.

  • Alex Scott on

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. It’s very kind of you. I was going to make a loaf tin Banana and walnut sponge cake tinight, so instead I will give your recipe a try. Will send a photo later. Mind you it might be all eaten before I get a photo. Take care. Alex

  • Louisa Russell on

    Thank you for all the lovely comments ♥ Much appreciated!

  • Melissa Silvester on

    Thanks for sharing Lou! What a lovely story. I’ll make it with the kids. Melissa x

  • Elissa Jones on

    Food is definitely better shared. Thank you for telling us this touching story -guess what I will be baking this weekend with my girls?



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