Todd's Wonder Banana Bread

Sanjiv Singh
Todd VanderHayden introduced me to this wonderful recipe. He baked it often when we were rooming together. Once, I got him to bake one of these for Sonia (this is before we were married) and I mailed it to her in New Jersey. I scored big points with this move and got to be known as the "banana bread guy" among her friends. This is an excellent recipe if you have never baked bread before or never had patience with all the kneading that is required for most breads. For this recipe, you pretty much mash all the ingredients together and throw the goop in the oven. Recipe based heavily on one by James Beard.
Makes one large loaf.

1/2 stick butter or margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sliced nuts or almonds

Soften the butter till it spreads easily (putting it on the defrost cycle in the microwave works nicely). Mix the butter, sugar and honey and beat for a couple of minutes. Add the eggs and thoroughly mix in the bananas. Sift together the flour, soda and salt and blend thoroughly into the mixture. Finally fold in the nuts. Butter a 12 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 loaf tin and pour in the batter. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

From the Dinner Co-op