I read an article at CTV News online today that said Canadians are ranked 5th among the happiest countries in the world. This is according to the United Nations World Happiness Report. Denmark, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands were ranked as the top 4 happiest nations.
It made stop and think.
What is it that makes us so happy? Is it because we like to work hard and play hard? Is it because we enjoy freedom and a sense of safety? Is it because we have a culture that helps others and a social system that provides us with quality education and universal healthcare? Is it because we are so very polite? Is it because our country is so large and our population so small so we can spread out more? Is it because we produce more comedians that most other nations? Is it because we have Canadian Bacon, the Mounties, Bryan Adams?
Why are we so happy?
Then I looked at the list and most of the top 5 are countries with colder climates. Does that mean that global warming is going to make us less happy?
I don’t know the answer to these questions. I would love to hear what you think.
What I do know is, when I travel I love to see the rest of the world, but I also love to come home.This recipe reminds me of home.
I love banana bread! I love that you can take overripe bananas and a few ingredients from your pantry and turn them into a wonderful loaf that can be eaten as a snack or as a dessert. I love the combination of nuts and bananas that tastes spicy and warm. I love that I can enjoy a slice with a cup of tea, with a latte, or even with a glass of milk.
For me, it brings back happy memories of home.
Banana Nut Bread
2/3 cup milk
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 very ripe medium bananas
1 cup chopped walnuts
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan and line bottom of pan with wax paper or parchment, then grease paper.
Mix together milk and lemon juice and let stand until milk curdles, about 1 minute.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.
Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until combined, then beat in bananas until combined. (Mixture will look curdled.)
Add flour mixture to banana mixture alternately with milk, mixing at low speed just until batter is smooth. Stir in walnuts. Pour into loaf pan and bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center of bread comes out clean, about 1 hour.
Cool bread in pan on a rack 20 minutes, then invert bread onto rack. Remove paper and turn bread right side up on rack to cool completely.
Original recipe from Epicuious.com
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