BANANA NUT BREAD
A Deliciously Nutty Banana Bread Recipe
This banana nut bread substitutes a fair amount of bran for flour
This gives a banana bread with a less cake-like texture.
It also increases the nutty flavor of the banana bread.
Almost any nuts can be used in this banana bread recipe
I personally prefer walnuts, both from a taste and texture aspect.
So perhaps I should call this Banana Walnut Bread instead of just Banana Nut Bread.
Mixed nuts tend to "hide" the distinctive nut flavor and so should be avoided.
Although I prefer walnuts in all versions of Banana Nut Bread, pecan nuts run a close second
3 large ripe/over-ripe bananas (approx)
1 egg (large)
1½ cups flour
1 cup bran
½ cup granulated white sugar
½ cup nuts (preferably walnuts or pecan nuts)
¼ cup shortening
2 tbsp water
2 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
½ tsp soda
MAKING THE BANANA NUT BREADPreheat the oven to 350F (180C)
Peel and thoroughly mash the bananas. You should end up with 1½ cups, if you have less add more banana. Of course this depends on the size of the bananas but you should use 1½ cups for this recipe.
More than this and the bread will probably be too moist, less and you'll have an unpleasantly dry banana bread.
Break the egg into a bowl and beat well.
Cream the shortening and sugar, add the beaten egg and then add the bran mixing thoroughly as you add the last two ingredients.
Double sift the remaining dry ingredients (except the nuts) ie the flour, salt, baking powder and soda into a separate bowl.
Mix the bananas with the water to make a more fluid mixture
Add the bananas and sifted dry ingredients little by little alternately to the creamed sugar ensuring that the resultant mixture is thoroughly blended together.
Chop the nuts, walnuts and pecans can be coarsely chopped, harder nuts such as brazils and whole-nuts should be chopped more finely.
Add the chopped nuts to the banana bread mixture and then stir in the vanilla (optional)
Grease a 9X5X3 inch loaf pan and lightly dust with flour.
Spoon the banana nut bread mixture into the loaf pan and bake for about 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing the banana nut bread from the loaf pan.
Turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
To serve slice the banana nut bread and butter lightly.
You'll have family and friends coming back for more time and time again.
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