I have this bunch of delightfully brown bananas. It has been raining and ugly here all morning. This is really becoming quite the trend. I’m reading all these tweets on Twitter and posts on Facebook about all these lucky ducks who are done planting. They obviously don’t live too close to us, if they did they would have needed to strap flotation devices to their tractors to even think about getting in to some of the fields here. Mud is abundant right now, growing crops are not.
Back to my bananas and off my wet, slippery soap box. I have decided to use this wet, nasty morning to bake. I have the day off so I’m going to spend it baking. Yes, I could be much more productive than whipping some brown bananas in to a loaf of scrumptious bread, but I digress. Bananas either go like hot cakes around this house or they sit on the counter until they are only fit for the chickens to eat. I caught them in the nick of time today. Banana bread they shall become!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 2/3C of Sugar
- 1/3C of Shortening
- 3 TBSP Buttermilk or Soured Milk*
- 1C Mashed Bananas
- 2C Flour
- 1 TSP Baking Powder
- 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 TSP Salt
- 1/2 C Chopped Nuts, Optional
* If you don’t have buttermilk, create “sour milk” by mixing 2 1/2 TBSP milk with 1/2TBSP lemon juice. Let it sit a few minutes until it’s curdled.
Cream the sugar, shortening and eggs in a mixer. Stir in the milk and bananas. Sift together the dry ingredients and slowly add to the mixture. Mix in the chopped nuts. Pour in to a greased 9x5x3 loaf pan. Let stand for 20 minutes. Then bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in to the middle comes out clean.
So upon uploading this amazing photography work of mine I realized you can see all of my clean, mismatched socks in the top left corner. Our washer and dryer are in the kitchen. Word from the wise, do NOT ever do this in a house. 3 kids, a farm, my kitchen is constantly full of laundry.
Now you get to find something to do for the next 20 minutes while this loaf of deliciousness rests. Me, I’m going to go fold those socks.
Once rested pop it in the oven and wait again……
These loaves normally don’t last long around our house. Make sure to have a stick of softened butter to slather on the warm bread. This is quite the treat, all you have to do is recycle some bananas!