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Southern Banana Nut Bread Recipe
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Southern Banana Nut Bread Recipe

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One day I had two ripe bananas and decided to make banana bread. I found this recipe in an old church recipe book. It really is good with pecans in the bread and in the topping, which makes it unique.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Self-Rising Flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Additional chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 141 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 98 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Blend in bananas and vanilla. Add flour alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in pecans.
  2. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack; cool completely.
  3. For topping, combine the banana, confectioners' sugar and lemon juice; spread over loaves. Sprinkle with pecans. Yield: 2 loaves.
Editor's Note: As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup.
Originally published as Southern Banana Nut Bread in Country April/May 1997, p49

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 141 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 98 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Southern Banana Nut Bread(12)

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

Absolutely delicious! I need to give away the second loaf or I will get fat. I used walnuts as I had no pecans and it was amazing.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

Wonderful banana bread that will be my go-to recipe from now on. I made these in four smaller loaf pans and they baked to perfection in 35 minutes. I'm crazy about the icing as was my family. I also like that this bread is not heavy/dense. I usually use walnuts in banana bread so the additiion of pecans was a pleasant surprise. Note: If using the substitution for cake flour, I suggest sifting the flour with the baking powder and salt so everything is distributed more evenly. I believe you'll get a better rise out of your bread if you do this (personal experience). This will be a perfect gift-giving bread because it's so pretty with the icing sprinkled with pecans.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

The best ever!!!!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

Great bread! I used a combination of butter and coconut oil instead of the shortening, used walnuts since I was out of pecans, and omitted the icing on top. I will definitely be coming back to this recipe!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

Very moist with a wonderful crust and nutty flavor!!

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