What’s Cooking – Banana Nut Bread

Sometimes I think I buy bananas without ever intending to eat them.  I think I buy them to fool myself into “having” to make banana bread.

Today, three too ripe bananas and only one thing to do with them…..  banana bread!

A very simple dessert/bread/just good eating; easy to bake simple recipe for banana bread is what I normally us, like this .

Today, I went scrounging through an old cookbook of my mama’s with more steps, a longer baking time, but a finished product just as good as my quick and easy recipe.

From the Clayton Baptist Church Cookbook compiled by The Cookbook Team of the Clayton Baptist Church, circa 1997……

999639_10202621382400056_1074251176_nBANANA BREAD as presented by Susan Thompson

1/2 c oil

1 c sugar

2 eggs

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 tsp. soda

1/2 c. pecans, chopped

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

3 tbsp. milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 c. flour

Beat oil and sugar together.  Add eggs and banana pulp and beat well.  Add dry ingredients, which have been sifted together, alternately with milk and vanilla.  (This is where my patience ended, no sifting, no alternating, I just added.)  Stir in nuts.  Pour into greased load pan.  Bake at 300 for 1 hour.


This cookbook is a family treasure.  I have mama’s copy and it has handwritten notes and additional recipes tucked between the pages.  In this edition of the recipe book, mama has several recipes…..

Pepper Relish, Red Tomato Relish, Joyce’s Salad (I have no idea!), Diabetic Cake, Ma-Ma‘s Sugar Cookies, Baked Custard, Japanese Fruit Pie and Christmas Scent (yes, there are recipes that are non-edible here too!)

Mama added one of my grandmother ma-ma’s recipes too….  Poppy Seed Chicken.

This is a great cookbook, like the ones you can find in most southern communities.

I love this 1997 edition with all 411 pages, thumbing through  it is filled with memories of people who helped shape my life in a small town Baptist Church.

Many of the names found associated with the recipes have gone on now, but their memories and recipes live on.

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