Monday, October 10, 2011

Winning Banana Bread

I am sorry that I have been isn't just this blog, but my personal one as well. Life got a little crazy and some things got neglected. Baking was not one of those things. As it gets colder, yummy breads are always at the top of my list of favorite things.

I know there are a MILLION banana bread recipes out there, but this is so moist and yummy. Even if you have a recipe you like, give this one a try and see if you don't love it! This recipe is awesome!

Banana Bread
1 cup shortening or butter
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
6 ripe bananas, mashed (the riper, the better)
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional, but you would be crazy to not add them!)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional...we are nut free at our house, so i haven't tried the bread with the nuts))

1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease (with shortening or butter) two 9x5 loaf pans and then coat pan with light sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar.
2. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy and light. Stir in the eggs in one at a time, beating well with each addition. Stir in mayonnaise and bananas. In a seperate bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix dry ingredients into banana mixture...stir just enough to evenly combine. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
3. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean (depending on the over, between 50 and 75 minutes.) Cool for 20 minutes in the pan before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

**This recipe works just as good cut in half if you only have 3 ripe bananas.**

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