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A moist banana nut bread


Shari Tanner from St. Augustine, Fla., was looking for a simple, straightforward Banana Nut Bread recipe. Many readers sent in their tried-and-true recipes.

Beth Edelstein of Timonium thinks hers is "the world's best." She says that it has been exported to Costa Rica, where her daughter bakes it to supplement her teacher's salary. It is a good basic recipe that makes a moist, not too sweet, banana bread. It toasts and freezes well.

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Banana-Nut Bread

Makes 8 to 10 servings

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

3 ripe bananas, mashed

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped nuts, pecans or walnuts

granulated sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Add mashed bananas. Combine flour, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture. Add chopped nuts. Mix well.

Spoon into greased and lightly floured 9-inch-by-5-inch- by-3-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle top with granulated sugar if desired.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden-brown and loaf tests done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

Per serving (based on 10 servings): 361 calories; 5 grams protein; 15 grams fat; 6 grams saturated fat; 54 grams carbohydrate; 3 grams fiber; 66 milligrams cholesterol; 370 milligrams sodium

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