Joyce's Unbeatable Banana Bread

"This recipe is so close to my heart. When I was young, I refused to eat my other Grandmother's banana bread because it wasn't like Grandma Joyce's. When I went off to college, my Grandma mailed me a loaf every couple weeks. (I even fell down my dorm stairs one time rushing down to pick up my package containing banana bread.) It has been six years or so since she passed. Now, when I miss her terribly, I bake loaf after loaf of her bread and give it away to share the joy I felt every time I received her special packages."
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Ready In:
1 regular loaf




  • Grease and flour one regular loaf pan or two small loaf pans.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and shortening. Cut shortening in as for pie crust (I use a pastry blender.).
  • In a separate bowl, beat eggs and sliced bananas until mixed well.
  • Add banana mixture to shortening mixture and mix well.
  • Place batter in prepared pan(s).
  • Bake approximately 30 minutes.
  • Tip: I usually use the toothpick test, but the toothpick should not come out completely clean. This is a very moist recipe, so look for the toothpick or knife to be mostly clean. When the bread is done, it will be a dark brown and should have a slight crack down the middle.

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  1. This is the banana bread we always make. It is absolutely delicious! Every time I try a different recipe, DH can tell--he really prefers this one! I got it from a friend several years ago and have been making it ever since. I use butter flavor Crisco and always add in a generous 1/2 cup pecans. Mine usually has to cook for about an hour at 350. It definitely makes more than 4 servings!
  2. I'm no banana bread expert, but according to friends of mine who are just that, you have A REAL WINNER HERE! Very easy to make, even though it took a little effort to get past the 'blacker-the-better' bananas! Very tasty as is & without any other 'dress-it-up' additions! Both you & Grandma Joyce have a great recipe here! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick-A-Chef]


<p>I am a high school teacher in Omaha, Nebraska. My love for cooking started at a young age when I used to bake goodies for my father and his coworkers. When I got out on my own, I starting cooking for friends (especially my single male friends who were living on frozen pizza). <br /><br />For years now, my friends and family wait all year for my Christmas bake-a-thon. I spend two days every year making a plethora of cookies, bars, and snack mixes to give as gifts. <br /><br />I love to cook because food is the one thing that brings all people together (everyone has to eat sometime!) My husband to be teases me because sometimes he does not even get through his first bite before I am asking him if he likes it.</p>
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