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Two Sisters, Serial #6 and Banana Blondies

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How about a trip to the beach?

The time of year is right (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway)–summer is winding down but not over yet, the days are still warm and long, the water is refreshing but not cold (most places), and there are no hurricanes lurking on the horizon. Sounds like it’s time to head to the beach.

And that’s just what Brooke and Leah do in Two Sisters, Serial #6. Their family rents a cottage at the beach and the two girls embark on the kind of adventures that can only happen during a summer vacation at the beach. Tag along if you like.

Or, if maybe you’re headed to the beach for your own version of adventure and sun and surf, mix up a batch of these Banana Blondies. They practically exude beach! They’re quick to make, easy to transport, don’t require refrigeration, and are appropriate for breakfast, lunch, or dinner–or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up when you wake up from that nap on the blanket and need a little jolt of sugar to get you going again.

Oh, and they’re blond–well, “blondie.” You know, like the sun in your hair bleaching it blond, or some jerk in the lifeguard chair yelling “Hey, Blondie!”  Come on, work with me here. I’m trying to develop a theme–got to hit all the angles, no matter how lame.

Oh, and Leah’s hair is blond, though nobody calls her “Blondie.” Brooke’s hair is brown, but I think she’d still like one of these Banana Blondies. It is the perfect beach food. Maybe they’ll mix up a batch and take it to their secret beach hideaway next week. Stay tuned.

 banana brownie

Banana Blondies

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup mashed banana (1 large ripe banana)

banana blondies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 5×7 inch baking pan and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar. Once those ingredients are combined, add the egg yolk, vanilla, and mashed banana. Mix all of the wet ingredients together until well combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients, stirring until just mixed, careful not to over mix.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the blondies are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the blondies from the oven and let cool completely.

If you want to make a honey glaze to drizzle on top of the cooled blondies, combine 2 teaspoons of honey, 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar, and a few drops of water. Mix until no clumps of powdered sugar remain and lightly drizzle over top.

Makes 4 blondies.

banana bars

{Adapted from Gold Medal Flour}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #6 of “Two Sisters”.

Two Sisters, Serial #6, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Two Sisters, Serial #6, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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