National Banana Bread Day!

Posted on: February 23rd, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

Who knew there was a National Banana Bread Day?  And, no one told me. I had to read it on twitter!

Banana Bread has always been a family favorite.  With the first hint of fall,  the kids would ask for a loaf and I always gladly agreed.

It was a precious day when our 14 year old grand daughter, Nikki, called and asked, “Grandma, can I have the banana bread recipe?”  I guess that recipe, along with the pizza dough recipe, is part of our family heritage.

Here is our family favorite, taken from a Good Housekeeping Cookbook I received as a wedding gift in 1973. It is a basic, no frills recipe. But, it is the one all the family loves.

Make your own additions of nuts or raisins.  Always soak the raisins in a cup of boiling water and then drain before putting in batter.  When they are soft it is easier for toddlers to pick them out!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease a 9″ x 5″ x 3″ loaf pan.

Beat together the following ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup soft shortening or canola oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs unbeaten

While mixture is beating, make flour mixture using

  • 1 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Mash two or three ripe bananas (1 cup)

Alternate adding dry ingredients and mashed bananas to creamed butter and sugar.  Stir in nuts or raisins if desired.

Pour into greased pan and bake 50 minutes to 1 hour.  Let cool in pan for ten minutes before removing. When totally cool, wrap well.

The bread is best if allowed to rest overnight.

Serve with softened butter or make your own honey walnut cream cheese spread.  This sweet spread is easy to make and you can find a number of recipes at popular food websites.

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2 Responses

  1. LINDA in Wales says:

    Hey Grandma :)

    1/3 cup soft shortening or canola oil

    Cultural problem here can I use butter, margerine or some other oil ?

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