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banana orange loaf

a recipe by
Arleena Kolundzic
Penticton, BC

This recipe is from 'Woman's Day' magazine, June 1977 issue. I've been making this for 39 years, and has truly become a family favourite. Today, as I share this from my handwritten copy, we will enjoy it as much as the first time I made this ...back in 1977 :) I hope y'all enjoy it as much as we do!

serves 1 large loaf
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 1 Hr 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For banana orange loaf

  • 1 1/4 c
    white sugar
  • 3/4 c
    melted margarine (or sub.butter)
  • 3 lg
  • 1 c
    banana mashed (about 3 lg)
  • 1/3 c
    orange juice (fresh or carton)
  • 21/2 c
    all purpose flour or whole wheat can be sub.or mix of 50/50
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans) roast nuts add more flavour
  • 1/2 c
    quality seedless raisins
  • 1 Tbsp
    grated orange zest

How To Make banana orange loaf

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees: Combine sugar and margarine (or butter). Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • 2
    Add mashed bananas and orange juice. Mix well. Add combined dry ingredients, mixing until just moistened. Stir in (roasted) chopped nuts and orange zest and raisins.
  • 3
    Pour into a greased and floured 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 min., or until a cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean.
  • 4
    Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes then remove from pan. While loaf is still HOT, cover loaf with a few tablespoons of fresh honey or marmalade or both. Smear over top (it will melt and be easy to spread)
  • 5
    A touch of fresh orange juice may be added to mix of honey and marmalade. Be sure to GLAZE HEAVY. Sprinkle with coarse white sugar.
  • 6
    Finish cooling on rack for approx. 2-3 hrs. Cover loosely while cooling. When completely cool, wrap well in plastic wrap and foil. May be stored in freezer up to 2 months. Store in fridge for 1-2 wks. Store on shelf for approx.2-3 days. (you will want to eat before the time is up :)

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