While visiting my Nana and Aunt Diana this past weekend I discovered that Nana had made a loaf of her banana nut bread. It had been many years since I had it, and it was like a gift to rediscover it. I'm not sure why I didn't ask before now, but I finally got her recipe, and it makes me so happy to know that I can now make this warm, delicious treat for my kiddos.
Nana's Banana Nut Bread
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
4 ripe banana, mashed
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
Cream the butter and sugar together. Add all other ingredients and mix. Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350º for 50-60 minutes.
Two suggestions: use a chopper or food processor to finely chop the nuts. This is one of the identifying characteristics of her banana bread-no large pieces of nut. This makes the nuts more evenly distributed throughout the bread, and it really does make a difference in the texture and taste. Secondly, for the last 10-15 minutes of baking put a piece of aluminum foil over the top to keep it from burning on top. Just lay it right on top-no need to secure around the edges.