Banana Bread

I thought I had a great banana bread recipe that I kept making for years, but,,it lacked something and I finally stopped using my forgotten banana's to make the bread. Recently,,,I had a few more forgotten banana's and searched out a new, old fashioned recipe that was moist instead of dry,,that took the basic's instead of sour cream and other ingredients not used in the bread of my childhood and I found this one! I love it soooo much, I'm letting my banana's go on purpose! *:) Sorry there's no picture,,,pretty busy right now.


* 4 ripe bananas, smashed or mixed real good (NO lumps)!
* 1/3 cup melted butter
* 3/4 cup of sugar
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1 tsp. of REAL vanilla! Please, do not settle for imitation! Quality counts! My extract which is strong, quality but not cheap. lol
* 1 tsp. baking soda
* pinch of salt (a secret is to use a bit more than a pinch to bring out the taste even more in anything you bake/cook)
* 1 1/2cups of all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup walnuts (broken up by your fingers, not chopped) or try pecans or any other nut you'd like.


I wait on the preheat,,,hey,,we all have to save when we can! But once you're close to being done,,heat your oven to 350F.

With a mixer, mix the butter in a large mixing bowl with the bananas until it's really mushed up or banana clumps will show up in your bread! Mix in the sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt (remember the extra pinch) over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour, mix VERY well then mix in the nuts or other ingredients you might want to add in with a wooden spoon. Pour mixture into a buttered 4.8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour or until the center is cooked. Which means,,,when a toothpick comes out clean from the center. This only took 35 minutes for my bread to be done, so keep a close eye on it! Cool on a rack, remove from pan, slice and enjoy! *:)

I can see adding fresh orange zest, pecans and all kinds of fun things to this in the future! *:)


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