Marlys could never stand to have any brown on her banana skin; I could eat them until the meat got mushy . Then they were too ripe for me. This time of year, with the warm weather, I am discovering that I need to buy a smaller hand of bananas, but more often in order to have bananas on hand. I like to have bananas both as a snack, and to put into my salad, like into Monkey Salad.
So, if you have bananas that you don’t feel like using as a snack, or in another recipe, make Banana Tea Bread with them. And it is therapeutic since you can take out some aggression on the bananas when you mash them.
Gracie Damon was Marlys’s neighbor when her father was stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Station.
Banana Tea Bread
(Grace Damon 1950s)
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten well
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed banana
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Cream together the shortening and sugar. Add eggs. In a separate dish, sift together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
Add dry ingredients alternately with mashed banana. Add walnuts. Pour into well greased loaf pan and bake at 350°F about an hour.
I found that it took 1 1/2 bananas to make a cup. Those bananas were about 7 inches long.
I am getting mixed signals about sifting flour, and thus sifting all the dry ingredients together. My recent readings have said that modern flour is manufactured such that it doesn’t contain lumping. I have stopped sifting my flour and dry ingredients together on recipes that I have made more than a couple times, and I don’t see any problem.