Friday, March 20, 2009

'Julia- & Doctor-Approved'* Banana Bread

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1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening (or butter, or trans-fat-free margarine)
2 eggs
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 cup pecan flour or very finely ground pecans
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins or dried currants

Optional: 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (if you really want to get health-obsessed about it)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pans.

Cream together the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add bananas and continue beating. Add vanilla extract.

Combine all the dry ingredients, with the raisins last. Add to shortening-sugar-eggs-bananas-vanilla mixture, stirring just until combined. Pour into the greased pans.

Bake for about 45-55 minutes or just until bread pulls away from the sides and is springy to the touch.


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