Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Bungalow and the Banana Bread

This is our 1921 bungalow. The photo was taken just after a two-inch deluge on Memorial Day. It was wet and wild!

Inside the kitchen, four bananas were just right for banana bread. Instead of going to my recipe file, I went online to try and find a different recipe since the one I have is just o.k.. Both A. and I declared that this recipe was a winner! Instead of the single loaf, I made three small ones and froze two.

(From and tweaked by Bonnie)

1/2 cup shortening (I used butter)
3/4 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup)
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup quick cooking oats (I used regular)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan. (I used three small loaf pans)

In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Stir in the banana and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Beat into the creamed mixture. Stir in oats and nuts. Pour into prepared pan(s).

Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes for large pan. I found that 40 minutes were perfect for the small pans. Check for doneness with a toothpick.

Allow to cool for ten minutes.


  1. Hi Bonnie! Oh, your home is so charming! I want to go inside!! :)
    Love me some banana bread and this looks so good and sounds so good!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  2. Your house is wonderful! My Grandmother had a 1921 bungalow in a little Oklahoma town. Such great memories, especially stories shared on the porch swing! Enjoy your home!

  3. Bonnie I love your home! Reminds me of Chagrin Falls and Chardon, OH areas. We had the 2" rain also I believe the day before. Chagrin Falls ended up with 3" in less then an hour!

  4. Your house is adorable, and I can visualize a sweet afternoon on that porch! :)

    And the banana bread...pure yumminess!

  5. Beautiful all the way around. Home, photo, and banana bread.


  6. I can smell the banana bread now! But what a treat to see your house! It is totally charming. To me, it looks like a cross between an english cottage and one of those wonderful old southern antebellum houses. I see you have a little Japanese Maple tree in your side yard, and what beautiful hanging baskets, you should do posts just on them. What is under the other small roof on the right?

  7. Precious darling home and look how green everything is!

    I hope your weekend was blessed.

    Yum on the bread, may I come and have some with a bit of coffee? I aroma is awesome.

  8. I love your house!! Nothing like the old fashioned charming neighbor hoods of the midwest. Love the sidewalks and shady trees.

  9. Love your bungalow, very cozy looking! And the banana bread sounds really great.

  10. Hi Bonnie, Your little bungalow is gorgeous!!!! AND---that banana bread recipe looks fabulous....People don't realize that the best banana bread is made with very ripe bananas.


  11. I am a HUGE fan of oatmeal. I will have to try this.

    Thank you for your comment and so glad to see you joined my blog. Enjoy the ride!

  12. What a darling little home you have and the banana bread looks yummy!

    You asked about my apartment, it's a large complex that was built probably in the 70's. Some of the units are remodeled but we're in one of the older ones. It's cute, small and quaint:) I'm glad you liked my dumpster recliner!!!

  13. Yum! I love oatmeal and banana bread. Sounds like perfect combination.

    Sometimes I add chocolate chips to my banana bread and my husband gets so mad.. .Tee Hee.

  14. Another banana bread recipe I'm going to have to try. I love the addition of the oats!

  15. Love your home and the banana bread too!

  16. I am drooling over your house...just love that style. And to think you sat on your own porch and watched the parade. The banana bread looks good. We also had lots of rain on Memorial Day. And yesterday. And today.

  17. Hi Bonnie,
    I love the style of your charming home. The banana bread sounds good and healthier too.
    Thank you for visiting me and for your kind comment.

  18. The combination of bananas and oatmeal sounds so satisfying. Think I'll have to put this one on the "to do" list. Thank you.

  19. Hmmm... I can smell it now. I'll be trying this recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing this.
    Ladybug Creek

  20. I have heard that my Banana Bread isn't good enough. This one looks great I will try it the next time some bananas go South.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog neighbor I look forward to seeing more of yours.

  21. Beautiful! The banana bread is calling my name too.

  22. Your house is absolutely darling! It just screams: Good Things Happen In Here.

    I'm a big fan of banana bread--I'll be trying this one.

  23. Your bungalow is beautiful and the recipe sounds and looks delicious! My husband loves oatmeal and bananas, so your recipe is sure to be a hit with him!

  24. So happy this morning to find a sweet comment from you on my neglected site. lol
    I actually found myself humming this morning for the first time in months so I guess maybe I could be on the road to recovery. Still have to lay flat for another week or longer but after serenading myself this morning I feel there is hope.
    Your house is right out of a wonderful movie about what America is. Does that make any sense remember I am taking pills. I mean it is the prefect home to grow up in, raise a family in and retire/
    I love it really love it. So beautiful. You have to keep showing us your home and yourself too.
    Your memorial day post was the best too. So glad I stopped by here on my very limited computer use.
    Would love for you to do a blogazine story. I have a couple waiting to be posted so I need to do one today.

  25. Bonnie
    Glad you are interested in the Blogazine. I just posted my latest one today from Gina at Cat Nap Inn Primitives.
    To read others go to the top of my home page and underneath my header is a page called Blogazine Guest. Click this on and it list my guest that have written stories. Click their name and it will take you to their story.
    Thanks Maggie

  26. Bonnie, the bread really sounds amazing and your house is a pristine delight. I, at times, miss bungalows. They are rare in this area but Bob was raised in one on the south side of Chicago. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  27. Bonni, your home is awesome! It's is so charming, what a great photograph of it too! I can smell that banana bread from here, yum! Thanks for dropping in to see me today, so sweet of you to drop in!


  28. I am a fan of old houses, especailly bungalos, and this one is beautiuful. the older they are the better i like them. great shot and you are blessed to live in it and blessed to have the rain. we are in a drought and need rain badly.

  29. Bonjour Bonnie,
    Your home is just lovely. The porch is the perfect spot to enjoy the Banana bread! Thank you for coming by to visit. I'm a new follower too and will be back soon.
    Good evening to you,

  30. Not only do I have my favourite banana bread recipe...I have a few more waiting for me to try.
    What's one more? Especially since it has got such high praises ;o)
    Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes.
    You have an adorable home ;)
    Flavourful wishes, Claudia

  31. Hi, Bonnie, thanks for the note! What a wonderful peek at your bungalow, it is beautiful. I think I could easily live in a bungalow myself. I also adore Jan Karon's books. And banana bread.

  32. Oh ho! What a lucky find for me...I LOVE IT HERE.

    A joy to meet you, and discover your blog.

    I came over from Mary's...I work for a caterer. We made white asparagus soup this week, along with parmesan asparagus wraps.

    I wanted to know what Mary thought of the white asparagus vs the green for flavor in a soup.

    I found the asparagus at Sendik's, which is a local grocer.

    Haven't seen any at our farmer's markets yet.

    Lovely to meet you!

  33. Bonnie-I love bungalows--they have so much charm and personality! I love the idea of oatmeal in the banana bread. Thank you for the anniversary wishes!

  34. Oh my, what a charming bungalow. We have a similar style here in the Northwest and I've always liked it...especially the front porch.

    There's nothing better than a good loaf of banana bread.

  35. Your home is so very pretty, and great curb appeal. I love banana bread and will have to give this recipe a try.

  36. Your home is looks like somewhere I would love to visit and share a cup of coffee and a slice of Banana bread.

    Seriously it looks like something out of a magazine.

  37. Wow, your home is so pretty! We have an older home too, in need of fixing up! Thanks for stopping by! Oh my! I have stumbled upon some really good recipe blogs and your cobblers made my mouth water! I'll definitely be checking regularly for some great ideas...I'm not fond of cooking but when I see a good recipe, I cannot resist! I appreciate all you great cooks who share, and so does my husband! lol...

  38. OK I found you again!
    Wow and what wonderful home you have! Wish it was mine:) Kidding... anyway I have three over ripe banana's just waiting for this recipe!
    Thank you,


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