I’m not usually one who likes to stand out in a crowd — except at Christmas time. That’s when I get out my car’s Rudolph Costume — a set of antlers and a bright red nose. The first year I had it my son was mortified when I drove to the high school to pick him up, but fortunately his humiliation only lasted for about 6 seconds. That’s how long it took for a bunch of girls to take notice. They were all smiling and pointing out my car to their friends, and I suddenly became the coolest mom in town. So now my Rudolph car is a regular part of the Christmas season, and everybody seems to be cool with it, including my teenagers.
Don’t you just love Christmas! I mean, what’s not to love — family, friends, gifts, goodies, and don’t forget the Christmas music. Okay, okay. . . as long as we’re on the topic of music, I’ll go ahead and tell you. When I get in the Rudolph car, I turn up the jazzy Christmas tunes and sing like I’m a rock star. Really! Have you heard that song where Cher and Rosie O’Donnell are singing together? That’s my favorite for my rock star moments, and I can really belt it out. Alright, I came clean with my Christmas music confession. Is there anybody else out there who can relate? But the best part of Christmas is that my family comes from California every year to spend a few days with us. I always like to have lots of delicious foods to eat while they’re here, and I am going to serve this banana bread with blueberries as part of our Christmas breakfast. You’ll need bananas, eggs, sugar, oil, sour cream, vanilla, flour, salt, baking soda, and of course some blueberries.
You’ll need to grease and flour 3 regular-sized bread pans. Large bread pans can keep the middle of the bread from rising. That happened to me a couple of times before I figured out what the problem was, so now I always use the standard size pans which measure 5×8½x3. Preheat the oven to 350 and then mash the bananas.
Then beat them together with the eggs, sugar, oil, sour cream, and vanilla.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add to the wet ingredients; blend well. Carefully fold in the blueberries. Divide the batter between the 3 prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The bread comes out really moist, which I attribute to the sour cream.
Banana Bread with Blueberries
Recipe Adapted by Winner Dinners/Origin Unknown
Makes 3 loaves
3 cups of mashed bananas (about 6 large bananas that are starting to get brown)
4 cups sugar
1-1/3 cups oil
8 ounces sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2-1/2 teaspoons salt
2-1/2 cups blueberries
Grease and flour 3 regular-sized bread pans (5×8½x3). Larger bread pans can keep the middle of the bread from rising. Preheat the oven to 350. Mash the bananas. Beat the first 6 ingredients together until combined. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients; blend well. Carefully fold in the blueberries. Divide the batter between the 3 prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool for about 30 minutes before removing from the pans.