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Grandmother Roth's Banana Nut Bread

Dear Friends,
We are delighted to share a few of our favorite recipes. Raising six children has presented culinary challenges over the years. Our kitchen table provided a center of spirited discussions, shared hopes and dreams, and, of course, daily servings of advice, counsel and love.
We hope you and your family and friends enjoy this collection of recipes from our family cookbook and mansion staff.

Warmly, George and Lura Lynn Ryan

Ingredients
1/2 cup shortening (margarine)
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar added to 1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped pecans
1-1/2 cups (3 very ripe) bananas

Mash the bananas. Cream the shortening, sugar, and eggs. Add the liquids. Add the salt, flour and soda last. Pour into one greased bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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