I was cleaning out my freezer today and noticed I needed to use up some frozen bananas and some chocolate. I decide to make some banana loafs. These recipe makes one large loaf but since I prefer smaller loafs I made three. Quick breads do not require a lot of time so you can have hot breads in a flash.

Banana Bread

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoonful baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (2-3 medium)
1/3 cup shortening, margarine, or butter
2 tablespoons milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

In a large mixer bowl combine 1 cup four, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the banana; shortening, margarine or butter and milk. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed till blended, then on high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and remaining flour; beat until blended. Stir in nuts, if desired.

Pour int a greased 8x4x2 loaf pan*. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes or when you put a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from the pan, Cool on a wire rack until thoroughly cool. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

Makes on loaf (16 servings)

* I used three smaller loaf pans.