My brothers & I used to argue over who would get the last piece of this bread, it was soo good. If you butter a slice & put it under the broiler or in the microwave, just until the butter melts, (unless you like it crispy) it is so good!
1Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Using Pam, spray a loaf pan, or you can make a smaller version in a bundt pan (it's cute).
Get large bowl & cream the sugar and shortening until blended well. In a small bowl, mash together the sliced up bananas & eggs. (Break the yoke if using real eggs and mix them a little before adding to the bananas). Pour the egg mixure in the sugar/shortening mix and blend well.
2In medium bowl stir dry ingredients together. Stir in the flour & buttermilk alternately, to the banana mixture, until blended. Stir in desired amount of nuts. Pour into pregreased loaf (or bundt) pan & bake in preheated oven, until toothpick comes out clean.
3My grandmother said to cook it 55 minutes, but I've found often it doesn't take that long. It's better to start checking it after 30 minutes, to avoid drying it out. I take it out as soon as the toothpick comes out clean, and let it cool on a thick straw coaster on the counter. After @ 15-20 minutes it'll still melt butter, so dig in and enjoy! :)
You can also play around with spices or some ingreds, I added a cup of coconut & some ginger last time I made it & doubled the recipe to fill a bundt pan & it was really good, so don't be afraid to try new things, or sizes with it! The single recipe makes a cute little round breakfast type cake, in a bundt pan, to have with coffee too.