Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Grandma's Banana Nut Cake

My dad has been requesting that I make this cake for some time now, and since I had a bunch of ripe bananas in the freezer, I asked for the recipe. It's my grandmother's recipe, though it's very similar to any kind of banana bread recipe but with a lot of sugar to make it more cake-like. I wanted to make it as-written the first time. Next time I think I'll sub butter for the Crisco and maybe top it with a cream cheese frosting. My dad enjoyed it thoroughly! He did specify that nuts were a necessity in this cake, so don't skimp on those.

Grandma's Banana Nut Cake
source: Family Recipe

1/2 cup Crisco
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup nuts
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda (or 1 tsp if sour milk is used)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk - sweet or sour

Cream Crisco and add sugar gradually. Add eggs and beat thoroughly. Add banana pulp and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with the milk. Bake at 350-degrees for 30-35 minutes in greased 9 x 13 pan.


Evelyn said...

Nuts are essential in banana bread-like things. Every time I forget them I regret it. I think pecans are the best banana bread nut, but maybe that's just the Texan talking.

Jessica Segarra said...

This looks awesome!

Erin said...

MMm... looks tasty!

Joelen said...

I love how bananas work so well in baked goods, especially with nuts!