Bob Evans Restaurant is known for their good, down-home family food and specialty bread; such as banana, cherry and blueberry. According to bobevans.com's company factsheet, "For more than fifty years, we've been bringing farm-fresh foods to our restaurant and grocery customers. Our success is built on the basics: high-quality food and excellent hospitality. This foundation along with our product development and consumer research is at the heart of our continued growth and solid financial performance." Next time you dine out, eat at Bob Evans and enjoy the Banana Bread. In the meantime, make your own.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Properly preheating your oven will guarantee your bread will bake correctly. Newer ovens have a beeper or light to tell you when it's heated but in case it doesn't 30 minutes will be sufficient.
Spray two loaf pans with non-stick food spray.
Cream together, with a mixer, shortening and brown sugar.
Beat in eggs and bananas. If your bananas are ripe enough they will blend in without your having to take the time to mash them ahead of time. Don't skimp on the bananas you use as they will give the bread the "banana banana" flavor as the title indicates.
Stir in baking soda and salt with a wooden spoon or spatula.
Sift, and stir, flour in a little at a time. Avoid over mixing; stir only until blended.
Pour the batter into the two prepared loaf pans. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let bread cool for 10 minutes before taking out of pans and slicing.