"I have long believed that good food, good eating is all about risk. Whether we're talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime 'associates,' food, for me, has always been an adventure."--Anthony Bourdain
1 cup shortening 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 5 large ripe bananas, mashed 3 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
In a large bowl cram together the shortening and sugar until fluffy; add eggs and beat well. Blend in mashed bananas. Stir in sifted dry ingredients into creamed mixture along with nuts if desired. Bake in 2 well greased loaf pans that have been dusted with sugar. Sprinkle a little sugar on top of the batter in the loaf pan before putting in the oven. Bake at 300º for 75 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
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