1-3/4 c sifted unbleached flour 2-3/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/3 c shortening 2/3 c sugar 2 eggs 3 or 4 very ripe bananas 1/2 c chopped pecans or walnuts, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat shortening in mixer until creamy consistency. Add sugar and eggs, continue beating at medium speed one minute. Add bananas to egg mixture. Mix until blended. Add flour mixture, beating at LOW speed about 30 seconds or *only* until blended. Turn into buttered loaf pan and bake for one hour...or until broom straw inserted into center of loaf comes out clean. This is by far, one of the best banana breads I have ever tasted.