Here's the recipe:
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup mashed bananas (3 medium over ripe)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk-chocolate or semi-sweet chips
1/2 cup walnuts, peanuts or pecans (optional)
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of loaf pan, 9X5X3 inches with shortening.
2. Beat 1/2 cup shortening and the sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy.
This is the big step - beat in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt just until mixed.
During this step my hand mixer starts to protest a little but I'm thinking if you used a stand mixer (like a KitchenAid) you probably wouldn't experience that. It still works fine with the hand mixer though, I just wanted to warn you. :)
Stir in chips and nuts (optional).
I don't add the entire 1 cup of chocolate chips. I just sprinkle some in until I think it's enough. We prefer a little less chips in our bread.
Pour into loaf pan.
Another tiny little variation - the recipe says to rub shortening on the bottom of the pan but I just use cooking spray. It's always worked just as well and it's a lot cleaner.
3. Bake 1 hour or 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, for 1 hour.
I love this bread. It makes your house smell wonderful while it's baking too! I also highly recommend eating a little bit of the dough...it's pretty delicious too!
Anyone else been in a baking mood lately? Share some recipes with me! The holidays are coming up and I'd love to have something new to bake up!
*Recipe courtesy of Rachel Zoe