"The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it."--Mario Batali
1 c. sugar 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter or margarine 2 eggs, unbeaten 1 1/2 c. mashed bananas (about 3-4) 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 c. flour 3 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in bananas and lemon juice. Sift flour with baking powder and salt; add and mix quickly. Stir in nuts. Bake in greased 9x5x3 loaf pan at 350º about 1 hour. Cool on rack.
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