Recipe by Linda Joyce
I found this recipe in my old Sunset Cook Book of Breads, Twelfth Printing 1973. Toasted coconut enhances this easy-to-make banana tea bread. The flavors really intensify after 3 to 4 days of mellowing. Keep it tightly wrapped to preserve its moisture content. I usually double this recipe to compensate for the wait. Enjoy!
- 1⁄3 cup soft butter or 1⁄3 cup margarine
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups regular all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana
- 1 cup toasted flaked coconut
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in milk, lemon juice, and almond extract.
- Sift flour again into mixing bowl along with baking powder, soda, and salt; mix thoroughly.
- Stir in bananas; fold in toasted coconut.
- Pour into a well-greased loaf pan (5 x 9 inches).
- Bake in a moderate oven 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool in pan a few minutes; turn out on wire rack to continue cooling.
- After the loaf is cool, wrap tightly and let it mellow for several days to enhance the flavor. Worth the wait!
- Makes one loaf.
- NOTE: To toast coconut sprinkle on a baking sheet and place in a moderate oven 350°F or under broiler until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.