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Banana Bread
Makes one loaf

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (optional)
1/4 cup ground almonds (optional)
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (4 medium bananas)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, allspice and
nutmeg together in bowl. Add lemon peel and almonds. Stir until
combined. Set aside.

Beat butter in large mixing bowl until soft amd creamy. Beat in
sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until thoroughly
blended. Beat in flour mixture alternately with bananas until
mixture is well blended. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake in center of oven 1 hour to 1 hour 5 minutes, or until toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert from pan and cool
completely on rack.

Variation: Banana-walnut or -pecan bread: Omit almonds. Add 3/4
cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans with bananas.


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