The day is breaking. You wake up to birdsong in your very own casita overlooking the Sweet Sea, as Lake Nicaragua is known to locals. You open the screen door to your deck, step out and waiting on a tray, still warm, there are freshly baked banana bread and just-brewed organic coffee. You munch on the sweet homemade delicacy, slowly sipping your coffee as you gaze over the Mombacho Volcano across the lake. Fresh breezes caress you, and all you can hear is the flutter of bird wings, a gentle ruffle of lake water… The peace is so palpable, the energy so right that you think you may still be dreaming.
Over the years our guests continue to cite this memory as the highlight of their stay at Jicaro Island Lodge. The daily morning delivery of banana bread and coffee to your deck is just such a perfect way to start the day that it lingers long after you’ve made it back home.
Till your next visit, we share the recipe so you can whip up your own banana bread for a taste of Jicaro right at home.
|INGREDIENTS (1 portion)||QUANTITY||UNIT OF MEASURE|
|Baking soda||1 1/2||Teaspoon|
- Combine first 5 ingredients in large bowl with wooden spoon
- Spread butter into the molds and then put the wax paper.
- In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas and the eggs with a fork until completely smooth. Stir in the remaining ingredients until blended. Then incorporate the powder ingredients slowly and stir until no longer have lumps
- Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan
- Bake for 30 minutes at 300f or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. Remove the banana bread from the pan. Slice and serve.
Sure, there are plenty of activities to fill your sojourn at Jicaro. On the island itself, you can lounge by the pool, unwind with revitalizing spa treatments at the wellness center, sit on your deck and identify colorful local birds like ringed kingfisher and purple gallinule (each of the nine casitas comes with a bird flash card) and dine on a private floating deck. Off the island, wander around the gorgeous colonial town of Granada, just a short boat ride away; take a tour by kayak, a scenic way to experience the islands dotting the lake, and go on nature treks and wildlife-spotting excursions on the cloud forest trails of the Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve.
The choices at Jicaro are aplenty and guests end up stacking up many memories in a short amount of time. Yet what stands out, what makes our guests rave about their island hideaway in Nicaragua is that banana bread and coffee on their own deck every morning. Long after they are back home, they can still taste it, and the memory of it brings back the tropical stillness, the scents, and the birdsong.