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a bit of monkey business, as usual

Sometimes there is just no way around it.  Today was one of those days, thankfully.  We had friends over who knew it too…  So, this was a good day for a lot of excellent monkey business.  I am thankful for days when God’s provision and goodness comes to my home in the form of friendship.  And He seems to know just when I need it.

When I found out our friends were coming over I decided to practice something new on them.  It’s important to know that when these dear people come to our house, or we go to theirs, it is not unusual to experience fun and laughter and food, not necessarily in that order; and if they come to my home, there is usually (always) dessert. This is not shocking, I know.

Well,  monkey business, should always involve cake.  I just made my mind up about this today.  In this case, it is especially true because the new recipe I made was a banana cake, with brown butter frosting that was absolutely divine, possibly Heaven sent.  And I will share it with you, because you need monkey business at your house, too.  I’m sure of it.

(I feel confident my friend, Reina will be absolutely thrilled I am sharing this photo with all of you…  )

Here is the recipe, so you can get on with some monkey business of your own!

Monkey Squares:
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
½ cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 ¾ cups (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup chopped walnuts

 Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour 10×15 jelly roll pan. Beat first four ingredients until creamy. Blend in bananas and vanilla one minute. Add dry ingredients and blend one minute. Stir in nuts and spread in pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool and frost with Browned Butter Frosting (recipe below).
Browned Butter Frosting

½ cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
about 3 tablespoons milk or half and half

Heat butter in saucepan over medium heat past the melting point until it boiling, and a delicate brown. Remove from the heat and immediately add the remaining ingredients. This should be thicker than a glaze and thinner than frosting. Using a spatula smooth over the top of the Monkey Squares immediately. The frosting will be easier to spread once it’s on the warm bread.
Thank you Heavenly Father for precious friends and delicious Monkey cake!

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