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Banana Nut Bread

1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/4 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup ripe mashed banana
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 Tbsps milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Stir together flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside.

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

Pour batter into lightly greased 8x4x2-inch loaf pan. Bake in a 350° oven for 60-65 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. Makes 1 loaf.