Banana Nut Bread

Course : Breads
Serves: 1
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1 cup mashed banana -- (3 large ripe)
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup buttermilk or dairy sour cream
1 cup walnut pieces -- (reserve a few for garnish)

Preparation / Directions:

Makes 1 large loaf 1. Mix together bananas and shortening; add lemon extract and eggs, blending well. 2. Sift together sugar, cake flour, baking powder and salt; add to banana-egg mixture, blending well. 3. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk; add to banana-flour mixture along with walnuts, stirring only enough to mix well. 4. Pour into well-greased, floured 10 x 5 x 3-inch baking pan; top with remaining walnuts for garnish. 5. Bake in preheated 350 F. oven 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 6. Cool on wire rack. NOTE: Delicious to slice for dessert topped with a dollop of orange yogurt, or sliced to serve at coffee or tea breaks. Bread freezes well.

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