Introduction: Delicious Banana Bread

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This set of instructions will show you how to bake two tasty loaves of banana bread. In order for baked goods to turn out successfully, steps should be taken to ensure the proper amounts of ingredients are added and the order in which they are combined is followed. This recipe requires only minimal baking experience. Bakers of all levels can easily follow these steps. If followed correctly, this banana bread recipe will prove to be the best you have ever used. Because the steps are easy to follow, baking a couple loaves whenever you’re in the mood can be a stress-free experience.

Step 1: Ingredients & Supplies

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Required Time: 55-65 minutes

Ingredients required for this recipe are…

½ Cup shortening (softened)
1 ½ Cups white sugar
2 Cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
4 tablespoons milk
2 ripened bananas, mashed
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

You will also need…

A mixer
A sifter
A rubber scraper
A small mixing bowl
1 or 2 greased loaf pans (8x8 or 7x10 sizes)
An oven preheated to 350 degrees

Step 2: Combine Shortening and Sugar.

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Cream the shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Step 3: Dry Ingredients

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In the mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.

Step 4: Combine Both Mixtures

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Combine the sifted dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture until evenly combined. The mixture will appear dry and grainy. Use the rubber scraper to remove any excess from the side of the bowl.

Step 5: Adding the Eggs

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Mix the eggs into the batter one at a time until thoroughly combined. By this point, a soft dough should start forming, as seen in the second photo.

Step 6: Milk & Bananas

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Add the milk and mashed bananas to the batter and mix until it is smooth. Remember to use your rubber scraper to remove batter from the side of the bowl.

Step 7: Walnuts (Optional)

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Lastly, blend the walnuts into the batter. This step is not necessary, but adds nice taste and texture to the bread. 

Step 8: Pour the Batter and Bake

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Evenly distribute the batter into two loaf pans. If you only have one loaf pan, pour half and save the rest to bake later! Place the pans in the preheated oven and bake for 40-50 minutes. When the tops become brown, you can check to see if they are finished baking by sticking a thin knife or a toothpick into the middle of the loaves. If it comes out clean, the bread is done!

Step 9: Enjoying Your Bread

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After the bread has finished baking, remove the loaves from the oven and allow them to cool before taking them out of the pans. You should now have two golden-brown loaves of banana bread. The top should be slightly brown in color and a little crunchy around the edges. You can slice the loaves and add any of your favorite spread. It can be enjoyed anytime of the day!

Comments

smortensen (author)2013-07-10

So I made banana bread using your recipe tonight. It was the best I ever had, loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

lmkelty (author)smortensen2013-08-21

Glad you liked it! It's a family recipe!

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