Banana Bread


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium)
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla (Madagascar)
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional


Makes: 1 loaf

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of bread pan. In a large bowl, cream sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs; blend in bananas, milk and vanilla. In a small bowl, combine flour, nuts, baking soda and salt, mix well. Add to creamed mixture; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove. Cool completely on a wire rack.

~I start checking the bread at about 45 minutes so it doesn't over cook.

From: Glorious Grub Cookbook By. Joan Stewart

Bread Pans (purchase at Sur La Table) You probably want to spend a bit more and get nice bread pans. It makes a difference in the cooking. These work very well.

Paper Loaf Bread Pans (purchase at Sur La Table) These are such a neat and fancy way to gift breads, other than the typical tin loaf pans. I haven't used them yet, but am going to.

Madagascar Vanilla (purchase at Chefs Catalog) Of all the vanilla's I've used this is my favorite. Once you've tried it you won't go back!


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