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Homemade Banana Bread

 Homemade Banana Bread
“I served this quick bread to a group of ladies I had over for lunch,“ writes Carole Lanthier from Courtice, Ontario, “and every one of them asked for the recipe! It was a big hit.“ Moist, tasty and studded with cherries and walnuts, this pretty loaf is easily doubled. TIP: This bread freezes well and also makes a lovely holiday or hostess gift.
10-12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda
  • and salt. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, bananas, butter, coconut
  • and extract. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in
  • walnuts and cherries.
  • Transfer to a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire
  • rack. Yield: 1 loaf.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 285 calories,

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Homemade Banana Bread (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 304 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.