Can you share your banana bread recipe?

Dear Rachel,

As one of your avid twitter followers, I am fascinated not only by the behind-the-scenes look at your stylish life, but also with your kitchen-based twitpics! Photos of your homemade cookies, brownies and more have left me desperately hoping to cook up one of your fabulous desserts over the holidays. Can you share your banana bread recipe? It would be bananas! <3 Kelly

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Location: San Francisco, CA

Kelly,

It is not often that I get to address a question like this, so it thrills me to answer it! I am obsessed with baking sweets, because it really calms my nerves. During award season, just ask Rodger or my team and they will tell you, there is coffee cake, brownies and cookies everywhere in the studio. I will be sure to twitpic it this year! :) Read on now for my banana bread recipe and have an amazing holiday! xoRZ

P.S. For more stylish recipes, check out CFDA’s American Fashion Cookbook. And don’t forget to throw on a chic apron!

Bananas Bread Recipe

1/2 shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (3 medium over ripe)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk-chocolate or semi-sweet chips
1/2 cup walnuts, peanuts or pecans (optional)

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom only of loaf pan, 9X5X3 inches with shortening.

2. Beat 1/2 cup shortening and the sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in eggs and bananas until smooth. Beat in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt just until mixed. Stir in chips and nuts (optional). Pour into loaf pan.

3. Bake 1 hour or 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, for 1 hour.

***I sometimes for an added splash of yummyness add a crumble topping for the last 30 minutes of baking time.

Crumb Topping
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup softened butter
Cut together until crumbly

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