grandpa’s banana bread

this recipe has been in my family for awhile. it’s originally written in my grandma’s old cookbook, but for my whole life it has been my grandpa’s recipe. he always made it perfectly, and for the rest of us it’s been near impossible to recreate it the way he did. he passed away about a month and a half ago sadly, and baking this yesterday happend to be really good for the heart. the whole house filled with the smell of banana bread and reminded me so much of him. and although it’s not as good as when he made it, my mom and i thought he’d say it was good enough.

below is the exact same recipe my family has had for some 50 years, so i don’t know where it came from. most likely it’s from an old cookbook or magazine from the 1950’s. it’s written originally as quick bread, because it falls into that category of sweet things that aren’t cake but not yeasty bread. it’s really quite simple. but i think it’s one of the best comfort foods i know.

makes 1 loaf. we doubled everything to make 2 loaves.

ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 c. sifted flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed chopped
  • walnuts (optional)

directions:

preheat oven to 325° F. blend together shortening, salt, and sugar in large bowl. add eggs, flour, baking soda, bananas, and nuts (if you are using them). butter and flour or grease with some butter spray a loaf pan. pour batter into pan, and then bake for 40 minutes. after 40 minutes, insert a toothpick in the center. if it comes out clean, it’s done! if not, keep baking at same temperature, checking with a toothpick every 10 minutes. if you noticed the edges burning, reduce heat to 300° F. continue baking and check with a toothpick every 10 minutes or so.
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