This banana bread is near and dear to my heart and not just because I love banana bread. It’s because this is my grandma’s recipe and my grandma was one of my most favorite people in the world.
I think I’ve mentioned before that when I was in college I lived with my grandparents for a couple of semesters. It was one of the best times of my life.
My grandma was always baking things and this banana bread was something she made many times. I’d come home from class and she’d slice us each a piece and put lots of butter on it. One day she decided to make us a banana bread and cheese sandwich just to see what it would taste like. . .stay with me here, I know it sounds strange, but keep reading. She would take a slice of banana bread and cut it in half, butter both halves and then put a thick slice of extra sharp cheddar cheese (it’s got to be extra sharp) on one half and then top it with the other half of the banana bread. It was seriously delicious. We both were pleasantly surprised at how yummy it was. From that day on, whenever she made banana bread, we always had to have a cheese sandwich or two. She’s been gone a little over three years now and I can’t make a loaf of this bread without thinking of her and without making me a cheese sandwich. Every bite brings back so many happy memories.
I do get a little sad though every time I make this because the recipe card is written in her handwriting and I can’t help but miss her more and more.
You don’t have to make yourself a banana bread and cheese sandwich, but you should at least make this bread. It’s moist, has great flavor and the sprinkling of sugar on top gives it just a nice crusty, sweet layer.
Thank you grandma for giving me such as happy memory every time I make and eat this bread.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 4 small ripe bananas (or 3 medium size)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- Extra sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cream together the shortening and eggs until creamy. Add vanilla and mix.
On a plate (or in a bowl) smash the bananas with a fork. Add to sugar mixture and mix until well combined.
Add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix until just combined.
Pour into a greased 9 x 5 loaf pan.
Sprinkle top generously with granulated sugar.
Bake about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
To prevent the bottom and sides of getting too brown, I like to place the loaf pan inside an empty loaf pan before baking and then I place a small cookie sheet on the oven rack and place the loaf pan on the cookie sheet.