Friday, February 19, 2010

Flour + Sugar + Eggs + Bananas + Chopped Walnuts = ?????

It is almost this easy........What do you get when you combine all these ingredients besides really good eating? I cannot take the credit for this recipe. It is from the Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery,
Vol. 1, page 139. That's the page with all the "love" splotches on it, do you see them? I referred to them in my last post.

I suppose after I wrote about this banana bread, and then woke up to these three really fine speckled bananas, meaning they were too ripe for my liking to eat, sitting on my kitchen counter, I just knew what I had to do.....get out my old cook book and bake myself a treat.

Yes, it is as good as I remembered. I wish you could all just help yourself to a piece. If you are local, I would be happy to share some with you. I like it just as is with my cup of coffee or tea, however many others like to put cream cheese on it.


To make it possible for you to make your own, here is the recipe. Over the years I have shared it with many others, so I only have to cut and paste it here.

BANANA-NUT BREAD
(Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery)

½ CUP COOKING OIL
1 CUP SUGAR
2 EGGS BEATEN
4 RIPE MASHED BANANAS (or 3 large)
2 CUPS FLOUR
1 TSP. BAKING SODA
½ TSP. BAKING POWDER
½ TSP. SALT
3 TBLS. MILK
½ TSP. VANILLA EXTRACT
½ CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS

Beat oil and sugar together. Add eggs and banana pulp and beat well. Add sifted dry ingredients, milk and vanilla. Mix well and stir in nuts. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan
(9 x 5 x 3 inches) at 350 for about 1 hour. Cool well and store overnight before cutting**. Makes one loaf. Good with cream cheese.

**I think this is to drive the family crazy. Or Maybe it is just bad luck to cut it sooner!
The 24 hour delay before slicing is really in the recipe. My family always thought that I just
said it was necessary to wait to torment them. It most definitely is worth the wait.
Try it and let me know what you think.

8 comments:

fitncrafty said...

That darn no cutting and eating for 24 hours! Was like torture to a little kid!! That recipe is SO good, only I wont torture my kids like that so I make average banana bread instead!

Thanks for sharing though!

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fitncrafty said...

What temperature do you bake it at? 350?

Orlando Realtor said...

Thanks for pointing that out, yes it is 350 for about an hour. I will fix it now.
I think that every kid deserves a bit to be tortured by a parent now and then. You can take it to the bank...they will pay you back at some time in some form of torture or beyond!

fitncrafty said...

Trust me.. we torture them plenty!! ha ha!!

Susan said...

It looks delicious! I know I wouldn't be able to wait 24 hours before cutting into it. The smell alone would drive me crazy. Enjoy!

Permission to Mother said...

I've made it many times. It generally falls apart if you cut it before it cools. That's why you should wait. That said, we don't always care if it falls apar.

Nice photos!

Orlando Realtor said...

I never cut it early, I just did what I was told....
I think it is so moist that it needs that resting time.