Thursday, March 03, 2011

Mom's Banana Bread Recipe

Growing up, my mom always made sure there were fresh baked goods in the kitchen. Some of my favorites?  Peanut butter cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies and chocolate chip cookies, peach cobbler, blackberry pies, zucchini cake, these delicious chocolate chip and raisin bars with white sugary drizzle on top....I could go on.

My mom would sometime use these sweets as bribery too.   If you didn't clean your dinner plate then you didn't get any dessert.  (Occasionally she made liver and onions, a dish dreaded by me and my siblings.  Guaranteed, there would be a really special dessert that night just to make sure we ate up.)
Ahhh. Another favorite. My mom's banana bread.  Which was her mom's banana bread.  I love that!  Passed down traditions feel so special.  

I always said once I have a family I will carry on my moms traditions.  And I want to, but I seriously don't think I can expose my ass to the frequency of baking my mom did when I was a child.  I can still just use the excuse that we don't have a family yet.  (Hey! We have 7 more months!) 

I know, I know, Just start now Cindy, right? 
Well I did...Yesterday...And, guess what?  It is gone today.  Do you see now?  Do you understand why I don't bake too often?  Well let me spell it out for you.  There is no such thing as rationing sweets in our house. 

This bread is moist and full of sweet banana flavor.  Great for dessert,  accompanying a cup of coffee, or just shoving a piece in your mouth evertime you walk by the kitchen.  

Mom's Banana Bread
1/2 cup shortening or butter
1 1/3 cups brown sugar

Cream butter and sugar.

1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sour milk (add 1tsp vinegar to milk)
1 cup banana pulp
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Line loaf pan with wax paper
Bake 60min @ 350 degrees


  1. nice food photo on the plate, and beautiful thumb nail!!

  2. Thanks! Im still learning with the camera! The nail polish is new Sally Hanson Solon color!

  3. hmm I was just looking at my brown bananas this morning before I left for work...I think I'll try this out tonight as I have all the other ingredients you listed too. yaya I'm excited to go home and bake now!

  4. It is good! I have had it and mmmmm! That is why I try to bake fat free desserts so it is also guilt free! I shall send you a recipe that was passed on to me from Fat Free baking book! :) I know it is not your mom's but it is so damn good! I make it different every time depending on what Fruit I have around the house.

  5. I can really sympathize with you about the house. I know from whence you come!!! I am still recuperating from our disaster in 2010 when our upstairs toilet overflowed and then the large dehumidifiers that the disaster management people put in the living room cracked and caused water to collapse our basement. Not fun! Keep smiling.


I enjoy reading your comments. Thanks for stopping by Viva Cindy!


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