Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Banana bread is Granddaughter Madison's favorite.  I have made two different recipes and taken to her and Grandson Tyler on visits over the summer.  When we got together with the family to celebrate our son Patrick's birthday, I decided to surprise them with some banana bread this time made by a recipe from the Hardware Cafe Cookbook. (He said they really enjoyed it.)

In the cookbook Barbara Small says four batches of the recipe will make 24 mini loaves.  Apparently she is making the little individual size mini loaves you sometimes get in restaurants.  While they made nice loaves, I only managed to get two, of my size, mini loaves.


1/4       cup margarine
1/2       cup sugar
1           egg
2          tablespoons water
1-1/2    cups mashed bananas
1-1/2    cups flour
2          teaspoons baking powder
1/2       teaspoon salt
1/2       teaspoon baking soda
1           teaspoon vanilla
1/2       cups nuts (I omitted)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray one large loaf or 2 mini loaf pans with non sticking cooking spray.

Combine the margarine, sugar, and egg and beat until smooth.

Add the water to the mashed bananas in a small bowl.

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.

Add the bananas and dry ingredients to the beaten mixture alternately beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. (I do this about 3 times.)

Add the vanilla and nuts, if using.

Pour batter (it is thin) into the pans.

Bake for about 1 hour for large loaf and about 40 minutes for mini loaves.  I checked doneness with a toothpick inserted in center.

Cool in pans on wire rack for about 10 minutes.

Remove and continue cooling.


  1. I am going to try this recipe.
    We love banana bread!

    1. I need to make it again, Sandy, since I gave both loaves to my grandchildren. I took my son's word that it was good. I like banana bread also. Every recipe I have made from this cookbook has been outstanding!