Out of Helen's kitchen - Beyond Banana Bread


Helen Drysdale
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This fancied up banana bread will suit any special occasion.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3 ripe mashed bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 cup chopped dates or raisins
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugar together. Beat in the egg. Add the banana,  vanilla and cinnamon and stir well. Add the soda to the flour and stir gently into the creamed mixture, just until mixed. Add the remaining ingredients and pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let sit  for a few minutes then remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool.