Banana bread has been a long time favorite of mine. I don't eat nuts, so my banana bread is typically simply banana bread. On occasion, I have been known to add chocolate chips to my banana bread, but not much else. Yesterday, I decided to add some cherries to the banana bread. I think the result was absolutely delicious. I think that next time, I might try this recipe with Blueberries.
Banana Cherry Loaf
1/2 c shortening
1 c sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 c flour, divided
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c cherries, pitted and halved
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
Cream shortening and sugar.
Add the 1/4 c flour to the cherries and gently toss to coat. Add to the batter and fold in.
Pour into pan and bake about 55 minutes, until the center is set.
I used a whisk, but you could use a mixer.
I sprinkled the top of the loaf with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar.
The cherries fell towards the bottom, I'm thinking that quartering them might leave them more dispersed in the loaf.