These banana breads will be gifts for Christmas. Chocolate chips add to the flavor and red and green sugar gives each bread a festive look.
Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
1 cup shortening ( 2 sticks butter)
3 1.2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsps. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1-2 cups chocolate bits (optional)
2 cups mashed bananas (The older the bananas, the better)
Cream shortening and sugar in mixer. Add eggs. Add lemon juice to mashed bananas and stir into creamed mixture. Sift together dry ingredients. (I stir with a whisk) Add with nuts and chocolate bits to first mixture. Pour into well greased loaf pan or muffin tins which have been dusted with flour and bake at 325' for 1 hour or until done. About 30 mins. for muffins. ( I bake at 350')
Note: Using an ice cream scoop to dole out the batter makes for a uniform batch of muffins. You can also sprinkle sugar on top of the muffins or loaf before baking.
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