Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Banana Nut Bread

Every true Southern lady must have a staple Banana Bread recipe. It is perfect for hostessing, loving on your family, and taking to a friend. When I was a new bride I remember stressing about living up to my Mom's bread. I was living at my PaPaw's house at the time and wanted to use up the yucky bananas. So, I got a cookbook that was a wedding present and saw that I had all the ingredients. My PaPaw said it was some of the best that he'd ever had and that it reminded him of old-fashioned cake. So, since it was good enough for him, it would be forever more! And, I've stopped looking for another Banana Bread recipe!
I also call this "Poor Man's Banana Bread" - because the ingredients are simple. My Mom's calls for sour cream, making it "Rich Man's Banana Bread." On to the recipe...

Banana Nut Bread

3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs
2 to 3 very ripe bananas
2/3 cups water
1 cup chopped nuts
3 1/2 cups self-rising flour
2 tsp cinnamon

Cream sugar and oil. Add eggs and bananas. Mix well.
Stir together flour and cinnamon and add this to sugar/egg mixture, alternating with water.
Stir in nuts.
Pour into two well-greased bread pans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

*This will make your home smell divine! I've heard that making this (and making your home smell wonderfully) is a great tip for selling your home!
*The loaves also freeze very well.

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