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Old 03-16-2017, 02:03 AM   #1
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Cooking Goddess' Mom's Banana Nut Bread

1/2 cup shortening (butter, margarine, or "Crisco") *
1 cup sugar (can use sugar substitute such as Splenda) **
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Grease bottom only of loaf pan. I use a non-stick metal pan, not a dark metal.

Cream butter or margarine with sugar.
Add slightly beaten eggs; add mashed bananas.
Sift dry ingredients together. Add to mixing bowl slowly until combined.
Fold in nuts.
Bake at 325 for about an hour. Test and bake to 200-205 internal temperature.


I make this in my stand mixer, a vintage Oster Kitchen Center that was my Mom's. No wonder it tastes just like when she made it.


* I make it with half butter/half quality stick margarine (such as Land o' Lakes or Imperial) because (you guessed it) that's how Mom did it.

** I use 1/2 cup Splenda, 1/2 cup sugar.
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Old 03-16-2017, 10:17 AM   #2
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Thank you so much for sharing your mama's recipe, CG. Will definitely give it a try.
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Old 03-16-2017, 01:45 PM   #3
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You are very welcome, Cheryl. Unlike some families who refuse to give away family recipes, I'm more than happy to share the love. I'll be interested to know how you like it. There are so many different recipes for banana bread (I know, I must have tried at least 20 over the same number of years), and so many people claim "this one" is the very best. I know this one is best to my taste buds. It's OK if you only put it into your top 5 or 10.

BTW, the walnuts are optional. I did try it with black walnuts recently - decided I prefer the English walnuts instead. I wanted to make the next one with pistachios, but Himself said he doesn't like them baked. He does enjoy them uncooked, though, when I toss them into salads or finished-cooking foods.
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Old 03-16-2017, 03:52 PM   #4
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DH doesn't like walnuts or pecans so I tried banana bread with toasted pine nuts. It's more subtle but very good. I banana bread
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Old 03-16-2017, 04:03 PM   #5
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How about pistachios?
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:22 PM   #6
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That's not a bad idea, Andy. He does like pistachios.
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Old 02-22-2019, 10:49 PM   #7
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While I missed National Banana Bread Day the first time it came around (1-21), it looks like I have a chance to redeem myself. According to "Days of the Year", 2-23 is also a "Banana Bread Day". Nuts, right? I do know I'll be adding walnuts to my batter on Saturday.

I mostly think these "National Day of..." things can get quite silly, but there is nothing foolish about a good loaf of banana nut bread. Take my word for it, my Mom's recipe is good.

Gotta take some 'nanners out of the freezer...
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Nowadays, I always make banana nut muffins instead of a loaf. Same recipe, just baked in muffin tins. They only need to bake for about 20 - 25 minutes. No need to slice, so fewer crumbs going to waste.
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Old 02-23-2019, 04:13 PM   #9
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While I missed National Banana Bread Day the first time it came around (1-21), it looks like I have a chance to redeem myself. According to "Days of the Year", 2-23 is also a "Banana Bread Day". Nuts, right? I do know I'll be adding walnuts to my batter on Saturday.

I mostly think these "National Day of..." things can get quite silly, but there is nothing foolish about a good loaf of banana nut bread. Take my word for it, my Mom's recipe is good.

Gotta take some 'nanners out of the freezer...
CG, why do you think they are silly? I think they are fun. I also think your mom's bread sounds good. I forgot to put bananas on the shopping list, so no baking today but I did copy the recipe for later. Thanks
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It's not like I said they're stupid, cookie. Some of them are just too obviously a marketing gimmick to gin up interest in a product. As someone who took a few marketing classes back in my youth, I get tired of the whole product-pushing scheme of it all. - Aren't you glad I asked?

No banana bread for us today. I've never tried making it with previously frozen bananas. They. Were. Gross. I tossed them, fearing that there was just too much liquid in them and the bread would have been gummy.

Bananas going on the shopping list for next trip out...
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