National Cherry Pie Day

I missed it – Thursday, February 20, 2014 was National Cherry Pie Day!

How could I have missed it? (Actually, I’d never heard of it until I clicked on Krispy Kreme Doughnut’s and saw mention of it.)

Mom’s cherry pie is my absolute favorite pie. (So is her apple pie and chocolate meringue pie and pecan/pecan-free pie, and lemon meringue pie, and….)

A quick google reveals many National Holidays here in the US.  Just about every day of the year has a special designation.

Yesterday was National Cook a Sweet Potato Day.  Today is National Banana Bread Day.  Tomorrow is National Tortilla Chip Day.  You get the picture.

In honor of National Cherry Pie Day (had I know about it at the time) I would have shared Mom’s secret family recipe for Cherry Pie.  Alas…the day slipped past me and so did the opportunity….

In keeping with the spirit of this day, here’s a delicious Banana Bread recipe courtesy of Simply Recipes.  Be sure to visit the link and check out the comments.  Loads of ideas for add ins and combinations.  Delicious!

Happy National Banana Bread Day!

Banana Bread Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Makes one loaf.

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

Method

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

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