6.16.2009

Tasteful Tuesdays

Bananas! "BA-NANAS" BANANAS!



I like bananas. Really, I do. As long as they do NOT smell like a Banana and as long as they do NOT taste like a banana. Needless to say, it only takes about 2 days after I bring home for a banana to reach this stage. Good thing, that Madaline and my husband, LOVE, and I mean LOVE, baked goods that are made with Bananas. '

So, today, I am sharing with you, my latest and greatest BA-NANA Bread Recipe.

EnJoy!

2 1/2 all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
2 cups over-ripe mashed bananas
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup chocolate chips (if you want - these are optional - sometimes I add them, and sometimes I don't)
1 tbsp. butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; stir to mix well. In the bowl of an electric mixer (I use my kitchen aid for this), beat together shortening, vanilla, sugar, mashed bananas, and eggs. When well beaten, gradually add the flour mixture. Mix only until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips if you are adding them. Butter and flour a loaf pan. Bake for 65-70 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for several minutes. Run a bread knife around edges of loaf pan to free it from sides and remove from pan. Rub the top of the still-warm loaf with a pat of butter to soften and glaze the top, if desired.

Serve this tasty goodness with gobs of butter or it is also tasty, or so I have heard, with some cream cheese smeared on the top.


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