Banana bread ii

Yield: 1 Loaf

Measure Ingredient
1¾ cup All-purpose flour
1½ teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon Baking soda
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Ground ginger
¼ teaspoon Ground allspice
¼ teaspoon Grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon Grated lemon peel (optional)
¼ cup Ground almonds (optional)
½ cup Butter or margarine
¾ cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1½ cup Mashed banana (4 medium)

1.Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. 2.Sift flour,baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, allspice and nutmeg together in bowl. Add lemon peel and almonds. Stir until combined. Set aside. 3.Beat butter in large mixing bowl until soft amd creamy. Beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until thoroughly blended.

Beat in flour mixture alternately with bananas until mixture is well blended. Pour into prepared pan. 4.Bake in center of oven 1 hour to 1 hour 5 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 5. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert from pan and cool completely on rack. Variation: Banana-walnut or -pecan bread: Omit almonds. Add ¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans with bananas.

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