Mom's Banana Bread
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Recipe type: Quick Bread
Serves: 10 slices
  • 3 large or 4 smaller ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 & ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ to 1 cup chopped lightly toasted walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º and generously butter a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Peel the bananas and place them in a medium mixing bowl. Mash them with a potato masher or fork until they are mostly liquified, but with some small chunks still.
  3. Stir in the egg, oil, molasses and sugar, until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add to the banana mixture and fold together, just until incorporated - do not overmix!
  6. Fold in the nuts.
  7. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan, and place on middle rack of the oven.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes, turning halfway through the baking time until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If you want to test by temperature the center should read about 190º on an instant read thermometer. It will be very richly browned across the top when it is done.
  9. Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then turn out to cool further on a rack. Wait at least 30 minutes to slice. Store leftover tightly wrapped and refrigerate if keeping more than a couple days.
Recipe by The Creekside Cook at