Amish Friendship Banana Nut Bread

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A banana-nut bread that requires a batch of Amish Friendship Bread Starter. Do not use any type of metal spoon or bowl for mixing.


  • ½ cup shortening
  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 2 cups Amish Friendship Bread Starter (see footnote for recipe link)
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease 2 – 9×5 inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl, mash together the shortening and bananas, then stir in the starter, eggs, milk, sugar, and walnuts. Sift together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour. Fold into the banana mixture. Divide batter evenly into the prepared pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf until it loosens evenly from the pan, about 10 minutes, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Preparation time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hr 15 mins
Total time: 1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 30 – Yield: 2 loaves



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