Every year, with the arrival of the Christmas season, I like to go through my recipe box and make plans for my holiday baking. Over the next few weeks I’ll share some of my favorite recipes, starting today with this one.
This recipe was given to me by my dear friend Pam, a long time ago. I was a single girl when I met her, while she was about to be married and begin her life as an Air Force wife. We worked together at a small day care center, and favorite recipes were always a hot topic, not only for Pam and me, but among all of the women who worked there. Pam shared this recipe for banana bread, and I remember it being a big hit with all of us because it was fast, and easy and really, really good.
Originally I only used this recipe when I had some bananas I wanted to use up, but I’ve since done some experimenting and found that the cup of banana can be substituted with an equal measure of some other similar ingredient. When I made this bread yesterday, I doubled the recipe and used one cup of cooked pumpkin and one cup of cranberry sauce. A delicious combination! I could easily have added chopped walnuts too, if I’d had some.
My friend Pam eventually had to move, to an Air Force base far away. I remember we cried and cried when we said goodbye. And then a few years later, she was my matron of honor when I got married. We still keep in touch, on Facebook now. And as much as I love the internet and all of the recipes you can find there, I still cherish my memories of times spent sharing recipes with that group of dear women.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and stir the following ingredients together:
1/4 cup cooking oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups baking mix, such as Bisquick
1 cup mashed banana or similar ingredient
Put batter in a greased 9x5 loaf pan and bake 55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Tip: Line the bottom of the loaf pan with waxed paper and the bread will come out easily when done!
I hope you will love this bread as much as I do, and if you do end up trying this recipe please let me know what you think. I will also be visiting all of your blogs soon. I’m looking forward to getting caught up after my brief blogging hiatus!