My mom was a Home Economist and raised us 4 children after my parents were divorced. She had a hand-written cookbook that had this recipe in it. I made it for the Jefferson County Fair on August 28, 2010, and it won First Place.
Blue Ribbon Recipe
If you love banana bread, then an easy recipe is a necessity. This recipe is one of those. Once baked, the banana bread is tender and filled with banana flavor. It's dense enough to hold its shape but at the same time light and fluffy. We can see why Judi won first place for this delicious banana bread recipe. Enjoy a slice on its own, or slather with a bit of butter. Yum!
Every oven is different. It took a few minutes longer for our tester to come out clean.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mash ripe bananas with a fork.
Cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs, mixing well.
In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt.
Add flour mixture a little at a time.
Alternating with banana mixture, mixing well after each addition.
Turn into greased loaf pan.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the top is brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 5 minutes then turn out onto cooling rack.
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