Sunday, May 24, 2009

Mrs.Whitson's Banana Bread

Now I know each and every one of you has a recipe for banana bread.

But this banana bread is different.

It means something to me.

I think of all the times I’ve made this recipe, when I’ve been in college in Virginia, at a friend’s house in Florida, one late night in Cincinnati during a snowstorm…impressing easily impressed people, comforting others, but always bringing familiar feelings of security and happiness and providing just the right touch of sweet at the perfect moment.

It comes from the Nashville Seasons Cookbook, a must have for every cook’s collection. More cake-like than bread, but divine with peanut butter, or toasted and drizzled with a bit of pure maple syrup or just on its own.

Easy, tasty, feel good banana bread.

These days and times, we could all use some.

Mrs. Whitson’s Banana Bread
Adapted from Nashville Seasons Cookbook

1 stick unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup vanilla sugar
1 egg, beaten
3 almost ready to throw away bananas…fess up you’ve got these around. I’ve even used frozen ones, thawed
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp vanilla soy milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup chopped nuts (I’ve used those great sweet and salty pecans that you get for Christmas presents. I had wonderful results with those.)

Preheat oven to 350.
Butter a loaf pan well.
Cream butter with sugar and add the egg.
Mash the bananas.
Add the baking soda and vanilla extract to the vanilla soy milk and stir into the bananas.
Sift the flour, salt and baking powder and add slowly to the banana mixture.
Add the nuts.
Pour into buttered loaf pan and bake for40 minutes or til a tester comes out clean.
Cook for 10 on rack before slicing it.

Makes one glorious loaf.

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Anonymous said...

OMG, What a delightful recipe. This is right up their with mom's banana bread, right from the 70's when I was in college.

Mary Coleman said...

Thanks so much. That's when I started making it!!