Banana Bread

It’s no secret that Jonas is a banana man, so it’s been months since we’ve had any ripe bananas to use to make banana bread. I’ve made the boxed kind for Jonas a few times, but it’s just not the same. So I bought a ridiculous amount of bananas last grocery trip in order to be sure to have some that made it to a ripe state after my little monkeys got ahold of them.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread


1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp buttermilk
4 ripe bananas


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the shortening and sugar in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer in a large bowl.

Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Sift in the flour and salt.

Add in the baking soda, milk, and bananas.

Blend lightly until well mixed.

Spread in a greased bread pan and bake for one hour.

Banana Bread

Okay: here’s how unprepared I am. I didn’t have buttermilk, so I subbed regular milk. I ran out of sugar, so I used half white sugar and half brown. I also used half wheat flour and half white, but that part was intentional. Verdict: still good. It was a little less moist than usual, but who knows why? I’ll have to keep two of three of these variables constant and see what the results are. I may even make six loaves, two trials for each for each independent variable. I’m that curious. We can work on teaching E the scientific method and Jonas will be happy to have two month’s worth of banana bread. (It freezes well, I’m pretty sure.)

What food have you been making lately?

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