books I read in June

homemade whiskey banana bread

Don’t even talk to me about how fast this year is flying by. I’m loving it and I’m hating it and I’m getting married soon.

peat week whiskey bottle

Actually, I’m not, but it feels that way since everything and everyone in the wedding industry is already booked for the entire summer of 2018. That’s nuts. It turns out other people plan way ahead for these kinds of things, and every time I think okay, we’ve got the major things sorted, everything else can wait until next spring, I discover that another thing I thought would be no problem is already fully booked.

So here’s to ignoring all the wedding planning in the hopes that things will magically work out, or we’ll just give up and elope.

whiskey banana bread batter

Books I read in June:

  1. The Demonologist, by Andrew Pyper
    I found this embarrassingly scary.
  2. The Safest Lies, by Megan Miranda
    My 14-year-old self loved this. It was the perfect YA novel, with just the right amount of scariness and cheesy, unrealistic teen love.
  3. Certain Girls, by Jennifer Weiner
    Meh…
  4. The Migraine Mafia, by Maia Sepp
    This book was enjoyable, and also made me so glad that I don’t get migraines.
  5. All The Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda
    Can you really say “all” when there’s only 2? I feel like that’s at least a little misleading. This book was arranged in reverse (a girl disappears, and the events are narrated from 15 days after she goes missing backwards to the day it all went down). This was interesting in theory, but confusing and frustrating in practice.
  6. Things Half in Shadow, by Alan Finn
    I stayed up until 2am on a Sunday night even though I had a 12-hour workday ahead because I could not put this book down. It was so good. So good. If you liked The Night Circus, please read this.
  7. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
    I couldn’t follow up Things Half in Shadow with something terrible or puzzling or just meh, so I followed it up with something I knew I’d love. This book is my favourite + I read it once a year + I will never stop loving it.

homemade whiskey banana bread muffins

And now, for my new favourite banana bread. I make banana bread frequently (because I buy bananas and fail to eat them all frequently), but this was hands-down the best I’ve ever made. Bake some muffins, make yourself a cup of earl grey tea, and go sit outside with a book and a blanket as the sun sinks over the mountains.

I love this life.

homemade whiskey banana bread muffins

Whiskey Ginger Banana Bread

My favourite cocktail in bakery form.

Ingredients 

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 tbsp molasses
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp strong whiskey
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup candied ginger, chopped into smaller pieces (mine were about 1/4-1/2″ square)

Directions 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin pan with paper muffin liners and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt and brown the butter. The butter will separate and little solids will caramelize; the mixture should smell nutty.
  3. Stir in sugar and molasses — it won’t combine very well, but that’s okay. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a stand mixer, beat the bananas with the eggs. Add the sugar mixture, vanilla, and whiskey, and beat it for a couple minutes.
  5. Add in dry ingredients (flour through salt), and mix on low speed until just barely combined. Fold in candied ginger by hand.
  6. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups, and bake. I used jumbo bakery-sized muffins and they took about 30 minutes; regular sized muffins usually take about 22 minutes.

Final thoughts: My apologies (well, I’m not really sorry… consider this an acknowledgement) that this post about June has arrived past halfway through July. It was written and ready and photographs taken weeks ago, but then my memory card went missing. The sneaky buggers tend to do that. So I had to make more banana bread to take more photos of — not the worst predicament to be in.

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