Friday, May 22, 2009

Aunt Martha's Banana bread

Here is my favorite Banana Bread recipe:

2 1/2 C flour
1 2/3 C sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2/3 C soft shortening (I use butter or margarine)
2/3 C buttermilk (or just add 1 tsp vinegar to the milk)
1 1/4 C mashed bananas (approx 3)
3 eggs
2/3 C nuts (optional)

Grease and flour the pan. Mix together 1st 5 ingredients add shortening buttermilk and mashed bananas beat 2 min. Add eggs then fold in nuts Bake 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

*My notes: I always have lots of overripe bananas for making bread because when a banana goes bad before it gets eaten I just throw the whole thing in the freezer for when I want to make bread. This bread always takes more than 35 minutes in my pans, up to an hour sometimes, just keep checking it. I like to sprinkle the top with a little sugar before baking to give it a nice crust when baked.*

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