- 1/3 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
- In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas, beating well after each addition. Pour into a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan.
- Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before removing from pan; cool on a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices.).
Reviews forEasy Banana Bread
"I used extremely ripe bananas that I had frozen and then thawed and it was probably a little more than 1 cup. The loaves were a beautiful golden color and rose perfectly. However the mini muffins I made were dry. The mini loaves were given away and I hope they were not as dry! I am going to make it again into mini loaves and see how they turn out."
"A good banana bread. I used butter instead of shortening. If I make it again, I will increase the amount of bananas."
"As the name indicates, it's easy...and very delicious!! Substituted butter for the shortening."
"I love it. It was my first time making banana bread and I hit the jackpot. Its not all thick and heavy like others I have eaten. Fool proof recipe."
"Love this recipe. I added a little more sugar & 2 cups of bananas.Very good & moist."
"The consistency is great! I did not change anything, but I did add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. We loved it"
"easy and tastes great!"
"Very basic recipe but very good."
"I read all of the reviews and several of them said that the bread was a bit dry. So since the recipe calls for 1/3 cup of shortening, and the shortening blocks come in one cup sticks, I decided to make 3 loafs. The first one I made exactly as the directions said. It came out rather dry. The second loaf I added one egg to (3 eggs instead of 2). That loaf came out a bit moister. But the most moist of all 3 was the last loaf. I used 2 eggs BUT used bananas that were a bit more mushy than the others. I used 3 bananas that were not firm and really ripe. It tasted wonderful. So, yes, I agree with others that this recipe as is, is rather dry. But adding something to give it a bit more moisture helps. Next time, I will probably add a bit more of the bananas because we like more banana flavor."
"This became an instant family favorite! We really love the taste of bananas so I used 2 cups of banana, rather than 1. I also used a stick of butter rather than shortening, and added a tsp of vanilla."