My niece asked me to teach her how to bake banana bread today. To anyone else it seems like a simple task that holds no real meaning in the grand scheme of things. But, in our family cooking, baking and food preservation are a family affair. So you already know I was happy to oblige her.
When my mother passed away I inadvertently became the keeper of her recipes. It’s sort of become my job to pass down my mother’s favorite recipes. I have no idea where her recipes came from, all her favorites were painstakingly written on note cards kept in an aging, green recipe card tin.
The tin is now rusted and barely holding together but I can’t bring myself to throw it away. It was one of several items I was able to salvage along with her favorite baking tools. Among these items were her pie dishes, her favorite Pyrex bowl, a vintage Tupperware 8 cup measure, and my grandmother’s wooden cutting board.
Sadly, the Pyrex bowl met a terrible fate. After decades of use it shattered one day as I was putting it away. I’ve never cried so much over a material possession. But, to me anyway, it wasn’t just an old bowl. Wrapped up in that bowl were the memories of a dozen Thanksgivings spent baking alongside my mother. She drilled into me the steps to making the perfect apple pie, that fresh is best, and to pour love into every meal. Every holiday, family party, and harvest season you could find me in the kitchen helping my mother, with that ridiculously sized bowl. I wasn’t always excited or enthusiastic about helping in the kitchen, but, I sure do miss it now.
But, let’s get on to why you’re really here, you were searching for a recipe weren’t you? Even if you weren’t, here’s one anyway!
The first recipe I ever tackled as a young girl was my mother’s favorite banana bread recipe. It only has a few ingredients, simple instructions and bakes in about an hour.
The first thing you need is your ingredients:
Here we have flour, sugar, shortening, baking soda, bananas, and eggs. Also, how cute are these mixing bowls???
I did the first step already and mashed the bananas into oblivion. A few chunks are okay but, you do want them to be more creamy than chunky.
The next step is putting together your dry ingredients. (I didn’t get pictures of this step so forgive me!) Your dry ingredients are, 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Once those are combined you can set those aside.
Next you need to cream together 1/4 of a cup of shortening and 1 cup of sugar. It will take on a nice fluffy texture. (Oops! Forgot this picture too! I really need to get myself together.) Next, add in the eggs one at a time, beating well in between each addition.
The next step is to alternate between adding the dry ingredients and mashed bananas into the egg/sugar/shortening mixture. Make sure to mix well after each addition
Once combined it will resemble something like this below!
Next, pour it into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Between 45 minutes to an hour. After about an hour it looks like this:
Now just cut off a big slice and enjoy!
Here’s the recipe to copy down:
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 bananas, very ripe
Mash the bananas until creamy. Set aside. Cream together shortening and sugar. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each one. Set aside. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients together. Now add the bananas and dry ingredients into the sugar/shortening/egg mixture, alternating between the dry ingredients and bananas.
Now pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 45 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
Much love ❤️
Sarah AKA The Lazy Housewife