Saturday, April 2, 2011

Warm and Lovin' From the Oven / Banana Bread

Happy Weekend! Just a quick post to share my recipe for Banana Bread ! I LOVE this recipe because the bread, warm from the oven, has a crispy outside....but a warm, soft inside.... and, as you'll soon see... there is one ingredient that I add that makes a huge taste difference.... Have a couple Bananas hanging in the kitchen? Well what are you waiting for! Pop THIS in the oven and have a nice Breakfast in bed with your Sweetheart :)

1 3/4 Cups Flour
2 tsps. Baking Powder
1/4 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/3 cup Shortening ( I use Butter Crisco)
2/3 Cup Sugar
1 tsp. Almond Extract ( this adds flavor and aroma that blends so well with the Banana! )
2 Eggs ( beaten)
1 cup ripe Bananas ( I generally toss in 2 Bananas that I have sliced)
1 cup chopped Walnuts (optional - but I would never omit these!... the crunch of these just adds to the happiness)

Spray a Bread Pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Chop Walnuts, if adding . Combine all  ingredients, except for the Walnuts. Mix with a Stand or Hand Mixer. The use of a mixer is , in my opinion, important. It aerates the batter a little, making it nice and fluffy. Once mixed, fold in the Walnuts. Add batter to Bread Pan and bake at 350 ' for approx. 1 hr. ( Your baking time will vary, of course, depending on how powerful your oven is. I always  keep an eye on the bread, and use my Grandma's old tried and true insert toothpick test, once I see a golden brown crust form on the bread. Once the toothpick comes out dry.... it's time to gnosh!


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