For each letter of the alphabet, there is a corresponding recipe. So, last week we started with Apple Crisp for the letter A. This week we made Banana Bread for letter B.
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (3 large)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts (we didn't include these)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with shortening (we used spray). Mix sugar, bananas, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into the pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean (60-70 minutes). Let cool 10 minutes, then loosen the sides of the loaf from the pan and remove from pan. Let cool completely before slicing. Makes 1 loaf.
This bread was light, flavorful, and delicious! I've been using a family recipe for banana bread that my Dad's mother used for many years. This recipe is equally as good and easy to make. The ingredients are almost identical, with this one using vanilla, baking powder, and salt while my grandma's recipe does not. The proportions of the remaining ingredients vary slightly. We would definitely make this bread again.
Next week, we move onto the "C" recipe in the cookbook: Chocolate Chip Cookies!