This Banana Pecan Bread recipe originally came from my mother, Dorothy Hagerman. This is a moist, buttery banana bread loaded with banana flavor. It is very easy to make and so delicious! When I have extra ripe bananas, I just love to bake up a loaf. The house fills with the aroma of the banana and bread while this is baking. My favorite way to enjoy banana bread is sliced warm with melted butter spread on top.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two (2) 9x5-inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl, cream butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in bananas and pecans.
NOTE: Bake all quick breads as soon as the ingredients are assembled. Since high temperatures are often called for, it is best to bake them in the center of the oven, as the heat in the top third of the oven will be too intense.
Pour banana pecan bread batter into prepared loaf pan and bake 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Be sure and poke the toothpick to the center of the loaf. A good check is to use an instant digital thermometer to test your bread. The internal temperature of the bread should be at 200 degrees F. when done.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing.
Storage: Breads that contain fruit, nuts, or butter may be stored for 2 or 3 days, well wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. May be frozen for longer storage. After thawing frozen breads, reheat them in a 400 degree F. oven for a few minutes before serving.
Makes 2 loaves.
* To ripen bananas, allow green or yellow bananas to ripen at room temperature until the skin is covered with brown spots.
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Photos of Karen Joy Craig or Sandy, Oregon holding my first cookbook and showing off the Banana Pecan Bread. Photo taken by Shirley Roth of Las Cruces, NM.