Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wilma on Wednesday -- Banana Nut Bread

I was hoping to have something different that I'm working on to show today, but alas, it's not quite finished, and as a work in progress, it's just not that interesting.

So. I've decided, in an effort to help me remember to use recipes from my grandmother's collection this year, that I'll designate Wednesday to be the day! Her name was Wilma, so it just works, right? Right!

Today's recipe is one I'm sure I've made before, and you all probably have your own favorite recipe, but I made a loaf of banana nut bread. Mostly because I had 2 bananas just ripe for the mashing! This one is really basic, and I made it just as written (mostly).

Banana Nut Bread

1/2 c. butter or margarine
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. nut meats, chopped
2 eggs
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 c. ripe bananas, mashed (about 3 large)

Mix all ingredients, adding the mashed bananas last.

Bake at 350 deg. for about 45 minutes.

Well, as usual, short on instructions. I always mash my bananas before I get started, so they are good and liquid-y (that sounds yucky) when you add them last. The butter should be softened, I didn't use nuts this time, and I only had 2 bananas (which I never measure, do you?). Oh, and the loaf pan I used was 9" x 5" which is perfect. And that's it. Easy and quick.

Since we're talking recipes, I had my all time favorite food for my dinner tonight, only a baby version. Baby artichokes! [Thomas, if you're reading, you might want to look away.] I've never made the baby ones before, so I did have to google a recipe, and ended up braising them. I kind of combined recipes, so no link, but if you google you'll find lots of options.

One mistake I made was not pulling off enough of the tough outer leaves which didn't effect the cooking, and I just pulled them off as I was eating them. I still have 8 more, so I can perfect my technique!


  1. Funny; I love those too, they are called brussels sprouts in Australia, and they are quite different from artichokes! Your grandmothers recipe for banana bread looks yummy... thank you for sharing it with us

  2. Wilma's banana nut bread looks and sounds very tasty.



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