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Classic Banana Bread

Bananas are most likely to be eaten in our house within the first couple days after bringing them home from the market. If a few of them get ignored long enough, they get turned into banana bread. Maybe that’s a deliberate action on the part of the family, but it’s a house favorite.


Classic Banana Bread

As far as sweet breads go, banana bread is king and a regular of tables and church bake sales throughout the US.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword banana, dessert, sweet bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Author Chad Groetsch


  • 2 1/2 cups flour (I use 1 1/4c white and 1 1/4c whole wheat but you can decide for yourself)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups over-ripe mashed bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp rum or imitation rum


  • Combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  • In a separate bowl beat together the shortening, sugar, mashed bananas, and eggs. Mix thoroughly.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients. Don’t over mix, just combined.
  • Finally add the imitation(or real) rum
  • Coat 2 8×4 loaf pans with shortening and then lightly flour to reduce sticking.
  • Divide the batter into the loaf pans and then bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes, until tooth pick tests clean.
  • Let sit to cool before removing from the pan. Enjoy.


Note: Most sweet bread recipes are very similar. The feature flavor(s) is what gives the bread it’s distinct character.

Chad Groetsch

To be honest, there's a ton of stuff - not all of it rosy - about me on the internet so there's nothing new to say here. I like food and sharing my recipes.

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