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Banana Yeast Bread

Though our two children (now grown; we have one granddaughter) dislike bananas, they've always enjoyed this. It's been a standby since my grandmother shared the recipe before I was married. Cooking is fun for me...but I have to admit I would rather bake than make a meal. This yeast bread is my favorite. —Maralee Meyer, Milford, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (14 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5-1/4 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon water

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook and stir the milk, butter and sugar over medium heat until butter is melted; cool to 120°-130°. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, salt, 2 eggs, bananas and milk mixture; beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half; shape each into a round loaf. Place on a greased baking sheet; cut slits in tops. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Beat remaining egg with water; brush over the loaves. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 152 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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