Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Family Favorite

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I'm sitting at the breakfast table with the kids this morning and enjoying some wonderful banana bread. And I figured while I'm enjoying it, I might let you in on it too. Would you like a slice?

The kids keep asking for more, so I'm pretty sure that it's tasty (especially since I just had my third slice too). Heated a little bit. Soft butter spread on top. YUM!! Would you like my recipe? Ok, I'll share! But you can also check it out Our Favorite Family Recipes and print it off.

Banana Bread
makes 2 loaves

Blend until creamy:
⅔ C shortening
⅓ C honey
⅔ C sucanat
1½ tsp grated lemon rind

Beat in:
3 - 4 eggs
4 or 5 ripe bananas

Sift in:
1 tsp salt
5 tsp baking powder
3½ C whole wheat pastry flour

Stir in:
6 oz. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Add sifted ingredients to sugar mixture. Beat until smooth.

Stir in:
6 oz. (1/2 bag) of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional - but oh, so lovely)

Spread into 2 greased bread pans and bake 45-55 minutes or until done. Cool before slicing.

***You can use 1 1/3 cups total of white sugar and eliminate both the honey and sucanat. Also, white flour works instead of the whole wheat pastry flour.

This reminded me of something that I was going to tell you all about (thanks to Crystal for the heads up on this site!). It's a recipe book you can make for yourself with your own favorite recipes, and right now you can get $10 off if you follow this link (or use the coupon code COOKTEN). The website is called and you can upload 100 of your favorite recipes with (or without) pictures - or you can pick and choose recipes from their huge stash from Epicurious, etc...

You don't have to do all 100 at the same time. You can start with 20 and then they will credit your account for the other 80 which you can add later (or you can do 5, and have 95 later, etc...). Since the cookbook is a binder you can add and remove recipes as you like. I've been working on mine (ok, I have 2 recipes uploaded) and I'm really beginning to like this idea! We have certain recipes that we really enjoy as a family and it would be nice to have them all in one place. You know, those meatballs that Rick's mom makes, the brownie recipe my friend Alison gave me years ago....

So click on and check it out. I'm working on it slowly but steadily and hope to pull something together before the $10 off special runs out. :)


  1. Hi, this is Melissa from over at the Farmgirlreport blog. I received my cards in the mail and they are great. I am really going to enjoy them. Thanks so much.

  2. Looks good! Gotta use those black bananas for something good!;-)

  3. hey yo... what is sucanat? and i thought i cooked fairly often, but that one has me stumped...
    although the picture sure does look yummy!

  4. You have a beautiful family! Thanks for telling us about the cookbook binder. I'm off to start creating mine!

  5. yum. I just recently found that website. it does look cool. I'll have to try it.

  6. I like this recipe! I didn't see ANY walnuts in I right? (soo alergic to walnuts) And mine seems awfully boring plain. So do you mean ground soft wheat when you say pastry flour? I really want to try this. I just gotta wait for these bananas to rot! Y'know sometimes my bananas rot and sometimes I can't keep them in my kitchen...wonder which it will be this week! I'm going to look into that book, I think, because mine is wearing out!

  7. Yoo hoo......where are you?????

  8. We love banana bread here too - I'll have to try your recipe!

    The link looks great too. That is why I started my cooking blog - to eventually blurb it into a cookbook - but maybe this way would be faster....and to get all those recipes organized yet...ugh LOL!!!


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