Mommy's Favorite Things: Playdough and Banana Bread

Monday, August 2, 2010

Playdough and Banana Bread

I made these on Thursday night!
First the playdough recipe you can find a little ways down on my blog there, but I'll post it again with step by step instructions!

And here is how:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • Vanilla essence or cinnamon
  • Food Coloring
This was super easy for me! I didn't have cream of tartar so I cut it out of the recipe. It just adds elasticity. So ours doesn't have much!

Very simple:
  1. Put all ingredients (minus coloring and vanilla/ cinnamon) in a pan (your child can help)
  2. Stir over a medium (!) heat. Until smooth/ less sticky looking. If very sticky, cook a little longer. Probably a total of 10minutes?
  3. Let cool.
  4. Divide into three batches and add food coloring / smellies
  5. Store in fridge
Here are our steps! These were my ingredients for the first time I tried, however this time I just used vanilla and only 3 colors.
Starting to get thicker
This is about the right consistency (Well a little thicker)
Flattened out on a  cutting board so it can cool
Separated and put gel color into. It's hard to mix gel color
As I said, it's HARD to mix gel color so this is the best I could do
They are in the fridge and have been played with twice already!

NOW here I made Banana Bread! YUM. It was so delicious and unbelievably easy!


  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup) I CUT DOWN TO 3/4
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
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 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.
Here are my steps!
  Mash bananas. I used none other than a potato MASHER
Melt 1/3 cup butter and add
Add Egg, Vanilla, and Sugar
Add flour last
Pour into loaf pan and DONE

Don't they look DELICIOUS??
They were so tasty and gone in 2 days!!! Good breakfast and I can see myself making this often as we always have very ripe bananas!!