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From, "River Road Recipes II... A Second Helping," published in cooperation with your Daily InBox newsletter.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg, unbeaten
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light molasses
  • 2 tablespoons melted softening
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
TO PREPARE:

     Mash bananas until no lumps remain.  Add unbeaten egg.  Mix well.  Beat in sugar, molasses and shortening.  Mix and sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add to banana-egg mixture.  Stir in walnuts.  Bake in greased loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3 inches) in a moderate oven, 325 degrees, for about 1 hour.

HINT:  
Banana bread is like all quick breads and muffins.  It doesn't like beating.  Once you begin to add the dry ingredients, stir, but do not beat.  Stir only enough to blend.  The texture will reward you.

YIELD: 1 loaf

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