January 06, 2009

Grandaddy's Drive around the Farm Bread

Grandaddy's Drive around the Farm Bread
Submitted by: momofbee Serves 6
My grandfather was a diabetic for many, many years. My grandmother would always adapt her recipes to be more "diabetic friendly" and she made sure desserts were kept out of their house entirely. This was hard for my grandfather, who had a sweet tooth to top them all! One of his favorite things to do after lunch was to go for a "drive around the farm" so that he could stop by the VA and sneak a piece of banana bread and eat it before he went home! Of course my grandmother knew!

My sweet grandfather passed away last year at the age of 93. He always credited his long life to "a little treat every now and then." I regularly make this bread for our family now. It always brings back happy memories of my grandfather and his ornery nature.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsps baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 cups mashed over-ripe bananas
4 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 2 9x5 inch loaf pans

Cream butter, vanilla and sugar in a bowl. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Mix in mashed banana.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients in 3 batches, stirring after each addition. Stir in nuts.

Bake 60-70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Let cool at least 5 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely on a cooling rack. Store in aluminum foil to keep it from drying out.

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