So I have been looking for a Banana Bread recipe. I can’t find one in my family Amish cookbooks (what??!). I used to have one that was hand-written and given to me by my Aunt (well…not really my aunt, but her and my mom are best friends and always have been, so we grew up calling her our “aunt”), but can’t find it. 🙁
So I did what I always do – CALL MOM!!! 🙂 She sent me her recipe. It’s originally from the Miller Family Cooking cookbook (from my mom’s side), but my mom tweaked it and this is the recipe. LET ME WARN YOU – I’m not a huge banana bread fan, but I had bananas that needed used up. This recipe changed my mind. I LOVE it. I’m giving you the basic recipe and then you can add whatever you would like. I made three loaves (the recipe should make 2 small ones, so I doubled it and just made 3 good-sized loaves). One was plain banana, one had nuts in it and the 3rd (and my favorite, especially warm) I put in dried cranberries and chocolate chip. YUM!!! It’s healthy because there are 2 kinds of fruit in it – bananas and cranberries. So eat up! 😉
1/2 cup shortening (butter) 1/2 tsp soda
1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs 1/2 tsp almond flavor
3 bananas (mashed) 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour 1/2 cup buttermilk (or milk)
1/2 cup miscellaneous flavors (nuts, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, etc..)
Cream shortening, sugar and eggs together. Add buttermilk and flavorings. Add dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and add to wet mixture, alternately with mashed bananas. Stir in any additional ingredients. Pour into greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
And this is the recipe when adding cranberries and chocolate chips – SOOOO DELICIOUS!!!!