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Bread, Banana II (D, TNT)
Source: My grandmother
Yield: 2 8"x4"x2" loaves

1-3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (1/4 lb.) coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
1 (1/4 lb.) stick (8 tbsp.) butter, room temperature
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large or extra-large eggs
1/2 tsp. pure lemon extract
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup mashed banana (approximately 3 very ripe bananas, peeled)
1/3 cup sour cream
Butter and flour for greasing loaf pans

Preheat oven to 300°F. Butter and flour two 8"x4"x2" loaf pans (preferably metal, but not cast iron). Set aside.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into medium-sized mixing bowl. Using a fork, lightly stir in chopped nuts until they are evenly coated with flour. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, cream butter with granulated sugar until soft and fluffy.

Add eggs, lemon extract, and vanilla extract. Beat again until smooth and well-blended.

Add reserved dry ingredients alternately with mashed banana and sour cream, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, mix only until all lumps are gone. Be careful not to overbeat.

Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake at 300°F until toothpick inserted in center top of bread comes out clean (about 1 hour).

Place pans on wire rack and leave there for 10 minutes. Invert breads onto wire rack to cool completely.

Poster's Notes:
Here is my paternal grandmother's recipe for a wonderful banana bread. This is the far and away the best banana bread I've ever tasted. It was so popular that my grandmother had to have the recipe printed on index cards, since the recipe was requested whenever she baked it.

Although my grandmother probably used salted butter, I usually use unsalted. Either seems fine here. I have always read that brown bananas that are past their prime are the best for baking. I have also read that banana bread is much better when made with exotic bananas, but have not yet had a chance to try this (and know that my grandmother didn't use them).

Posted by Virginia Sauer (Sir Angus), Z'L

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A