Saturday, September 20, 2008

good 'ol banana bread

i have been debating all week which recipe i want to add. i am a bread junkie and have so many great recipes i would love to share and also a lot i still want to try. but, i thought i would stick to a classic. this is one of those recipes that i have memorized and could easily whip up anytime with a good batch of old bananas. i promise, this is a no fail banana bread recipe.
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup mashed ripe banana

cream together shortening and sugar; add eggs and beat REALLY well. sift together dry ingredients. add to creamed mixture alternating with banana, blending well after each addition.

pour into well-greased loaf pan. bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until done. remove from pan; cool on rack.

a few of my secrets: once you've added the flour, mix as little as possible. if you mix a quick bread too much, it doesn't turn out as well. i also add more than a cup of banana to make it a little more moist. and my biggest secret is that i usually add about a cup of chocolate chips. do it, you will be so happy you did.

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