Banana Nut Bread

Mark Incitti (modified from Better Homes and Gardens)

Prep/Cooking Time:
Prep time 15 mins. Bake 50 mins. at 350

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (3 medium)
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 tsp finely shredded orange or lemon peel (optional)
3/4 cups chopped walnuts or pecans

1. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of a 8X4X2-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture; set aside.

2. In another bowl combine the egg, bananas, sugar, cooking oil, and if desired, lemon peel. Add egg mixture all at once to dry ingredients. Stir just till moistened. Fold in the nuts.

3. Spoon batter into the prepared pan. Bake in 350 oven for 50 min or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 mins. Remove from pan; cool on rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Makes 1 loaf(16 servings).


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