Quick Bread - Banana Bread

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Banana Bread

Banana bread is a popular quick bread that is usually flavored with bananas that have been mashed. Most often, the best bananas to use for banana bread are ones that are overripe and may not be very palatable when eaten as is.

There are a wide range of recipes for banana bread. Some include nuts, such as walnuts, for added flavor and texture, while other recipes may include more or less sugar than is called for in the recipe shown below.

A typical recipe for banana bread is demonstrated below.

The following ingredients are required for the banana bread:

  • 1/3 cup shortening

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 1-3/4 cup flour

  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1-1/2 cup mashed bananas
    (approximately 3 bananas)
To begin, grease and flour a loaf pan; then set it aside.
Prepare the bananas by peeling them and mashing them with a fork. Set the mashed bananas aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening, sugar, and eggs until the mixture is fluffy; then add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat until all of the ingredients are well blended.

Add the mashed bananas and stir until they are well distributed in the batter.

When the bananas are well blended with the other ingredients, pour the batter into the greased and floured loaf pan. Bake in a 350ºF oven for one hour.

Insert a toothpick into the bread to check for doneness. If the toothpick is clean when it is removed, the bread is done.

When the bread is done, allow it to cool 10 minutes in the loaf pan; then, remove the bread from the pan and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack.

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