Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Judy's 3 - 2 1 - 1/2 Banana Bread

I've been waiting for a special time to make my beautiful cousin's banana bread and this is it!  We are off to Hawaii over Christmas to get warm and soak up some rays.  In thinking of "plane food" I thought of Judy's Banana Bread---can't get into trouble for having liquids (was harassed last time for my packet of soy sauce to go with my sushi!)  This is a straight-up recipe and easy to make in a matter of minutes.  Because we are en route to Hawaii, I used macadamia nuts instead of pecans or walnuts.  Judy says that you can add virtually anything you like in the way of cranberries, blueberries, nuts and etc.  Please note that the ingredients given are NOT the order they are added.

Judy and I, Durango Colorado

Judy Simmons' 3-2-1-1/2 Banana Bread

Preheat the oven to 400.  Grease or spray one large loaf pan, 2 smaller or 4 really small loaf pans.

3 bananas, smashed
2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup buttery Crisco

1 egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
*Optional:  Nuts, cranberries---anything goes

Combine the bananas, egg, sugar, Crisco, baking soda and cinnamon until moist.  Add flour 1/2 cup at a time.  Batter will be thick.

Add any other ingredients you want, i.e., nuts, berries, etc.

Spoon the batter into loaf pan(s).  Bake at 400 for 15 minutes, do not open the door but turn down the heat to 350 and bake an additional 40-45 minutes.

Remove from the oven and place pans on their sides.  Slide a sharp knife along all sides and turn over.  Wrap in foil and do not slice or freeze for at least 15 minutes.

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