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Mommy Arlene's 'Banini' Bread

BBB as in Best Banana Bread I've ever had! - Whitney

Mommy Arlene's 'Banini' Bread

Why it's on our list

From Season 2, Episode 10 'Mommy Arlene, The Hallmark Queen', sisters Alison & Amanda recall their Mommy Arlene always being equal parts a working woman and very much a domestic Momma in the kitchen. She may have been known as a pioneering fashion marketer by day but at home she was and still is revered for her banana bread aka 'Banini bread'. Arlene's grandson Oscar coined the name Banini bread as a combo of her grandma name Nini.+banana bread to which the sisters thought.... DUH! She bakes these by the dozen and keeps them in the freezer for "emergencies". In the Goldstein house the nuts are optional, but the chocolate chips are a must!


  • 3 tsp water

  • 1/2 cup melted margarine or butter

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 mashed bananas

  • 2 eggs (beaten)

  • 1 3/4 cups flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup chopped buts (optional, as in Mommy Arlene used to use them but then started using chocolate chips instead)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients together in bowl. In separate bowl cream sugar and butter; then beat in eggs, bananas, and water. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Add chocolate chips and nuts and mix well. Bake in a greased and floured loaf pan for 1 hour. Check after 40 minutes as you might need to put foil loosely over the loaf pan to prevent from burning the top. Do not overcook!


Serve it up!

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