Banana Bread 1/2 cup shortening 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 3/4 cup mashed very ripe banana 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/4 cup sifted flour 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in banana and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and add to banana mixture. Mix well. Pour into greased loaf pan or 9x9x2-inch pan. Bake at 350F for 30 to 35 minutes. Note: 1/2 cup chopped nuts can be added if desired. Grandma's Banana Cake 2/3 cup shortening 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour 1 2/3 cups sugar 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 1/4 cups mashed fully ripe bananas 2/3 cups buttermilk (divided) 2 eggs 2/3 cup chopped walnuts (opt.) Place shortening in mixing bowl. Sift in dry ingredients. Add bananas and 1/3 cup of the buttermilk. Mix until moistened; beat 2 minutes at medium. And the other 1/3 cup of buttermilk and the eggs. Best 2 more minutes. Fold in chopped walnuts. Bake in 2 greased and lightly floured 9-inch cake pans at 350F for about 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pans, remove from pans and cool completely. Janet Morrissey
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