Why This Blog?


Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Friday, July 22, 2011

Banana Nut Bread

Another banana recipe! Well, with this summer heat, the bananas in my fruit bowl go brown so quickly, and I don't want them to go to waste. So today, it's just good ol' fashioned banana bread. I see new recipes for banana bread in magazines and newspapers, all the time.  I don't know why I always clip them out to try later, because inevitably they never measure up to the recipe that is in my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. This recipe turns out perfect every time!

Before you bake this, be sure to read my bread baking tips!

Banana Nut Bread

1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1-3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 bananas)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (plus additional to sprinkle on top if desired)

Preheat oven to 350-F.  Grease and flour a 9x5x3" loaf pan (or use PAM cooking spray for baking). If you are making muffins, grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper baking cups.

Cream together shortening and sugar; add eggs and beat well.  In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas, blending well after each addition.  Stir in nuts.*

Pour into loaf pan or muffin tin.  Sprinkle generously with more chopped nuts if you want to. It looks really nice! Bake loaf for 40-50 min. or until toothpick comes out clean. Bake muffins for 20-25 min.  Let cool for 5 minutes or so, then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

*Sometimes I mix in mini chocolate chips and use pecans instead of walnuts, which is very yummy :-)

Happy Baking!


  1. I am not a baker, but I quite like cooking. Baking requires following the rules and me and rules don't get along too well. I have a sampling of baking items, ok, only one - cookies. I know, I am pathetic. This one looks very good and something even I the non baker can bake. (she hopes)

  2. That made me laugh about rule following! Thank you for stopping by, Brenda. I hope you will try the bread, or something else. Everything here is simple. That's the rule! (oh, there's those rules again...)

  3. Hi Michael Ann,
    Megan and I made this today with chocolate chips instead of nuts and it is wonderful!! We used regular chips instead of the mini ones and still great! I plan to make your lemon muffins next. Thanks for such great recipes.
    I also love the picture of Jack baking with you. Thanks.

  4. i add 3 T sour milk. it gives the bread a little life


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