Our summer has been filled with family and fun, but a large part of me is glad to be home again, where things are quiet and life has an easy pace. I’ve missed far too many weeks of Sweet Melissa Sundays recipes; maybe someday I’ll find time to go back and make some of those recipes. But, onward and upward! This week’s recipe from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book was for Mom’s Banana Apple Bread. Now, I have a wicked confession to make: I don’t love banana bread. Shocking! It’s not that I dislike this beloved comfort food in any way. I just don’t ever crave it. When I do make banana bread, it isn’t because I think, “Wow. Banana bread sounds really good right now.” It’s because I think, “Wow. I have almost 100 blackened bananas staring at me from the depths of my freezer.” So I make banana bread as a way to use up old bananas, not as a way to satisfy any kind of urge.
Apples are a different story. I love any kind of baked good that involves apples. I think I would eat old cereal boxes if they were covered in sauteed cinnamon apples! The addition of Granny Smith apples sauteed in brown sugar and butter to this recipe put it over the top for me. I ate half the loaf all by myself while it was still warm! I also made several mini loaves to give away, and have already had requests for the recipe! If you’d like to make this delicious bread, visit Joy’s blog, Hot Oven, Warm Heart.