Banana Tea Bread

I volunteered to bake some goodies for a bake sale at work.  Staring at the overripe bananas on my counter- I decided to make banana bread.  Everyone has their favorite banana bread recipe.  This old favorite from The New York Times Cookbook, is a little more cake like , not quite as heavy  as some recipes.

Banana Tea Bread (makes one loaf)


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cups shortening
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup bananas, peeled and mashed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.  Set aside.
  3. Cream the shortening in a stand mixer.  Add sugar gradually and mix until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and beat well.
  5. Add flour mixture alternately with bananas and beat until smooth.
  6. Pour batter into a well greased 8 1/2 inch loaf pan.
  7. Bake 45-60 minutes.  If baking in a glass dish, make sure the bottom of the loaf is not getting too brown.

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