Thursday, October 04, 2007

Banana Bread Recipe

I've had this little cookbook, Southern Bread Winners, by Linda G Hatcher, for a long time, and there are so many good recipes in it. I bought it for the basic biscuit recipe, but had never tried "Grandmother's Banana Bread" recipe before.

We just happened to have 3 rather ripe bananas sitting on the counter, so yesterday Emily and I tried it out. I made a mistake, by using 2 sticks of butter instead of 1, which made it really buttery. But it didn't ruin the loaf by any means, and especially not if you love butter!

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs (we used our own hens', of course!)
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans (which we didn't have, and Emily doesn't like them anyway, so we made it without)

In a large mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and continue to beat till fluffy. Combine dry ingredients and add alternately with mashed banana (we used the potato masher to mash the bananas). Blend in vanilla and stir in pecans.

Pour batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until the loaf tests done with a wooden pick. (We used a silicone loaf pan and I think it browned too much, but that could have been because of the butter!) Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn onto wire rack to cool.

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Stephanie said...

LOL about the butter. I think I will try that next time. We love butter!