Maw's Banana Bread
I had to triple check to be sure I had not posted this recipe before. This was THE first recipe I knew by heart and I remember making it long before college. I still have not found a better banana bread. According to the rate it disappeared this morning at work, I am not the only fan!
I've decided for many of these recipes I am going to skip boring pictures. I can only take shots of the mixer and batter so many times before they all start looking the same, even for me!
I love this recipe card. Mom must have covered it in contact paper to preserve it. It's had a lot of use!
This is my secret. I now only use frozen bananas. The thought used to give me the heebie jeebies. But after I tried it a couple years ago, it works out well. They mash so much easier, provide more liquid, and are so very convenient! (On a side note, I freeze the bread often once its baked and it is also wonderful. I have 3 small baking pans that I used last time to try to limit myself!)
It took me 2 years to go through the huge tub of crisco you see in this picture. It was embarrassingly large. I ran into this the other day and figured it is worth a try. So far, it is a wonderful substitute. If anything, it makes me feel better!
The batter still ranks in my top 5 batters of all-time. Nuts are optional but with Hunter gone, they are a necessity in my book. I love them.
I used bread flour this time and it never seems to rise enough but I wanted to finish the bag. Basic all-purpose is my first choice!
And here we have a photo of my favorite way to enjoy the bread. Ok, second favorite way. My favorite is the toaster!