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Banana Bread is an old time favorite that my Mother and the women before her made for their families. I like it plain, with a little butter, but always shared with family and friends.

This time I decided to try it with the Banana Jam we drooled over in Nicaragua and I wasn’t disappointed (click Banana Jam link for recipe).  This combination is great for breakfast, coffee, or dessert. Just say BANANA!

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Banana Bread

2 cups sifted all purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon flour

Sift together 2 cups flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
Cream together shortening and sugar. Blend in eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add dry ingredients alternately with bananas, mixing just until blended.

Combine pecans and 1 tsp. flour; stir into batter. Pour into greased 9″ tube pan.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes or until bread tests done. Cool in pan on rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on rack.

Yield: 1 loaf

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