Banana Nut Bread
1 3/4 c. all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. shortening
1/2 c. chopped pecans
2/3 c. sugar
2 or 3 very ripe bananas
Sift flour and measure
Add baking powder
Add baking soda
Sift dry ingredients together
Place shortening in a seperate bowl
With mixer on low speed, gradually add sugar to shortening and cream until fluffy
Add 1 egg
Start mixing on low speed, then beat to medium speed until smooth and light; about 30 seconds.
Add second egg and repeat
Mash bananas to measure 1 cup
Add flour mixture alternately with bananas; about half of each at a time.
Mix at low speed, just until blended, after all has been added.
Pour into greased loaf pan. (I use butter flavor PAM)
Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 55 minutes. (Ovens may vary - you may want to start checking on it after 45 minutes)
The top of the banana nut bread should be medium brown.
Place on wire rack to cool for 15 - 20 minutes
After about 20 minutes, run a knife around the edge and remove from loaf pan onto the wire rack.
*Note: For better flavor and easier slicing, wrap in waxed paper and keep overnight.
That's what my mother always did (to torture us), but mine never seems to make it to the waxed paper once my family smells it!!