My mother in law is one of those magic bakers. Cookies, brownies, basically sweets of all kinds, even those from a box come out HEAVENLY when they pass through her kitchen. I can make exactly the same thing at my house and it will NOT taste the same.
But, since all of her from-scratch recipes are about 80 years old–even an impostor’s attempt is jam-up delicious. I have them all in a handy notebook she printed off for me. It’s like a book of solid gold, but since she lives ten houses down from me, I rarely cook them myself. So you’ll never see her recipe perfection…unless I start taking a camera to Sunday dinner!
Mary Lou’s Banana Bread
1 cup sugar
2 overripe bananas, mashed
6T butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
2 T sour milk (add small amount of vinegar to sour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour, all-purpose
1/2 c walnuts, chopped (optional)
- Preheat over to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pans.
- Mix sugar, butter, egg and milk.
- Add mashed bananas.
- Add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix. Add nuts.
- Pour batter into one large or two small loaf pans.
- Bake at 350 for one hour for a large pan, or 45 minutes for two small pans.