Friday, June 24, 2011

Grandma V's Banana Bread

My mother made banana nut bread frequently when I was growing up, and it was one of the first "from scratch" baked goods I learned how to make. I've tweaked her recipe over the years, so now I suppose you could call it "Tutu Lorie's" banana bread as well. It's very simple and easy to make.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together until light and fluffy:
  • 1 stick butter (Grandma used 1/2 cup shortening)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I started adding this some years ago)
Add 2 eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Then add:
  • 2 cups flour (I use half whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • chopped nuts (if you're into that sort of thing... Grandma was, I'm not)
Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350°F for about an hour. Or, you can bake in muffin tins for 20 minutes.

Let cool before keeping in a ziplock bag or other airtight container. It's wonderful hot from the oven, or toasted once it cools.

As an aside, if/when I move back to the mainland, I doubt I'll ever eat another banana. Living here in Hawaii has spoiled me with the fresh apple bananas everyone grows in their yards here. So tasty!



  1. You know I love any recipe that starts with a stick of butter! And I've got the overripe bananas sitting here waiting to be used. Thanks for linking up to Finished for Friday!

  2. Aw....Grandma V, I miss her!

  3. I just made this ... it was a huge hit with the family! Thanks!

    I'm bad and add a couple of pats of butter to the top of the bread when I take it out of the oven :)


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