It’s the beginning of berry season! Oh how lovely it is to swap out my bags of frozen berries for fresh berries.
To celebrate berry season, I’ve made my favourite banana bread and stuffed it full of fresh strawberries and blueberries. This Berry Banana Bread is kept moist with my secret ingredient (pssst – sour cream!!), and each mouthful is bursting with berries.
To be fair, it’s not berry season in my backyard yet – for that, we’ve got another month or two to go – and by “backyard” I mean my potted veggie garden on my rooftop deck 😉 . It’s been an unseasonably cool Spring here in the Pacific Northwest, so my strawberry and raspberry plants only have buds so far!
I have a confession – I don’t like Pumpkin Spice Lattes. And I don’t like pumpkin pie.
I will tolerate eating one slice of pumpkin pie per year on Thanksgiving – and only because every year, J needs his pumpkin pie and strongly encourages me to bake one 😉 The pumpkin pie recipe that I make is light, fluffy, and heavily spiced – more importantly, J loves it, and I tolerate it.
This Pumpkin Spice Loaf has very similar flavours – heavily spiced and uses 1 full cup of pumpkin puree. J gave it his seal of approval – and for me, I much prefer a warm slice of Pumpkin Spice Loaf slathered with melty butter over pumpkin pie or a PSL any day. 😉
Banana bread. Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like banana bread? Seriously. It is the best. Sometimes I let bananas “accidentally” get too brown in our fruit bowl and then I “have” to bake them into banana bread. We are banana bread obsessed in this house.
I love experimenting with different flavours of banana bread, like my latest Bourbon Banana Bread. This time, wanting to eat healthier for the new year, I upped the healthy-factor and baked a 100% whole wheat banana bread.
Bourbon for breakfast?!
Yes, I will, thank you! I promise that bourbon banana bread won’t make you drunk before noon, but the added bourbon imparts a wonderful subtle butterscotch flavour, recreating a classic recipe for the autumn season.