Banana Bread

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.