Tricia’s Banana Bread

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 tablespoons milk
1 cup mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Collect ripe bananas.  Complain loudly to anyone who will listen that you husband does not eat the bananas before they go black.  Stir together flour, baking powder, soda and 3/4 teaspoon salt.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat sugar and shortening with electric mixer until light, scraping sides of bowl often.  Add eggs one at a time, and the mil, beating until smooth after each addition.  Add flour mixture and banana alternately to creamed mixture, beating until smooth after each addition.  Fold in nuts.

Turn batter into lightly grease 8X4X2-inch loaf pan.  Bake in 350f over for 60 to 65 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 minutes.  Remove from pan, cool.  For easier slicing, wrap and store overnight (like anyone does that)