A Good Southern Banana Bread Recipe

banana bread1 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

3 large mashed bananas

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 3/4 cups all-purpose  flour

3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cream sugar and shortening.  Add eggs and mashed bananas.

Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture.  Bake in loaf pan at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Makes one large or two small loaves.

This original recipe is one my sister in law uses and is in our church cookbook.

*My variation of this recipe.

I substituted 1/2 cup of dark brown sugar for the cup of white and used half soft whole wheat flour in with the all-purpose.  Rather than the shortening, I used 1/2 cup of Smart Balance Omega oil. I also added 1/4 cup milled flax seed and a generous dash of nutmeg.   I never add nuts so that wasn’t an option.  Too much nut intolerance in the family.  This made a more nutritious and good, moist loaf.  My picky little four yr old grandson asked for more.  🙂

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