Sharing a Recipe!

Hey everyone!  I've been busy, busy "re-dressing" my home after the Christmas take-down.  Whew, it took me a few days of "deer in the headlights" staring before I even started getting any ideas of what I wanted to do.  Does that happen to ya'll?  Finally the ideas started coming, and I quickly started writing them down so I didn't forget my game plan before I could carry it out.  Ya know, I'm older, so those memory-lapses happen more often than I'd care to admit.....lol!

Anyway, things are coming together, but I'm not quite ready to share any of that; but I would like to share a recipe.

This was one of the desserts I made for our family's Christmas Eve celebration -- Banana Bread.  I know you are probably thinking that you've read and tried like a gazillion banana bread recipes, but this one is sooooo good!  I've been making this same recipe for almost twenty years, and it's always a crowd pleaser.  So, without further ado, here is the recipe:

6 mashed bananas
1 1/3 cups veg. oil
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
4 cups sugar
4 cups flour
2 Tbsp. vanilla
2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Lightly beat the eggs, and then mix with oil, sugar, sour cream and vanilla.  Add mashed bananas.
Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
Gradually add flour mixture to egg/sugar mixture, and blend well.

I like to use my Pampered Chef Stoneware Mini-Loaf Pan, plus a regular-size loaf pan.  Yes, this recipe makes a large quantity.  I just spray all the pans with Pam.  Bake at 325 degrees -- about 1 hour for the regular-size pan and 45 minutes for the stoneware 4-loaf pan.  These rise quite a bit and then get a beautiful split across the top and brown to a rich dark golden brown.  When I remove them from the oven, I sprinkle them with some sugar-cinnamon and cover with a clean tea towel for a few minutes before I remove them from the pans.  This bread freezes extremely well, which is why I don't mind having a couple to toss in the freezer for unexpected guests.  Top each slice with some whipped cream or cool whip -- great dessert!  I hope you'll give it a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by and allowing me to share one of our favorite recipes with all of you!  I'll be back soon to share some of my winter decor.  I sincerely hope "2013" has gotten off to a great start for each of you!

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