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Okay, so I know this isn’t very original – but it is one of my VERY FAVORITE things to receive from neighbors (hint, hint to my neighbors).  I don’t care what kind, sweet bread, wheat bread, white bread, rolls, breadsticks – whatever – I just LOVE bread, and I am sure your neighbors will as well!

My mom and dad always made home-made banana bread to give to their neighbors.  It is DELICIOUS – crispy on the outside and soft and yummy on the inside.  You can feel special because I am sharing their recipe with you.

Roger and Pam’s Banana Bread

Yield: 4 loaves

3/4 cup butter

3/4 cup butter flavored shortening

3 cups sugar

8 mashed bananas

4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

4 cups sifted flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 cups pecans or walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 325.  Cream butter and sugar thoroughly.  Add bananas, eggs and vanilla.  Sift baking soda, salt and flour into the banana mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, stir.  Add nuts and mix well.  Pour batter into greased and floured loaf pans.  Bake at 325 for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Be sure to check with a toothpick as it gets close (you don’t want it too dry or too wet).  Cool in pan 10 minutes then turn onto cooling rack.

*Thanks mom for sharing, and Sharee for the bread in the picture (another favorite)

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    1. November 25th, 2009 at 8:42 pm
      Mindy says:
      I LOVE Mom & Dad's banana bread...mmmm!
    2. November 19th, 2010 at 7:48 pm
      stacy says:
      There is nothing better than warm, fresh homemade bread! Great idea!!!
    3. November 21st, 2010 at 10:19 am
      Michelle E. says:
      Recipe sounds yummy. I wondered, is this recipe for full sized loaves or can you use mini loaves to more from your batch?? If so, would the cooking time be different??

      Love your site!! Thanks for all the great ideas. I use them a lot.

      Michelle :O)
      • November 22nd, 2010 at 2:07 pm
        Missy says:
        Yes, the recipe is for full sized loaves. You can do mini and do change the time. I am not sure exactly, depending on the size of the mini loaves, but probably somewhere between 20 minutes to 40 minutes.
    4. November 23rd, 2010 at 1:39 pm
      Crystal says:
      This recipe sounds yummy! I'm definitely making this for my neighbours, and maybe some for me too!! Quick question, what is the butter flavoured shortening used for? Is it part of the ingredients or just what you use to grease the pans? Thanks.
    5. December 6th, 2012 at 8:23 am
      AliciaC says:
      *2 years after post* :)
      Using this idea for my coworkers!
    6. June 10th, 2013 at 3:52 am
      Tracy says:
      Im loving the sound of the banana bread BUT why do u need 2x butter - 3/4 cup butter and another 3/4 cup butter flavoured shortening

      • July 17th, 2013 at 8:18 am
        Missy says:
        The fat in the recipe is split between butter and crisco. I think the crisco is what gives it a yummy crunchy top
    7. December 11th, 2013 at 6:51 am
      Grandma Debbie says:
      Would it be possible to get the recipe for the pictured bread??? That looks beautiful.
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