I Take Thee Banana Bread

Finally, the Banana Bread Post.

This another of my grandmother Ibby’s wonderful recipes and I absolutely love it. It feels very old fashioned to me and it always comes out perfect.

My grandmother did a lot of catering in the 1960’s and 70’s for the women’s circle at her Presbyterian church, the Whitworth College Music Department (Spokane, WA) and numerous weddings and showers and dinner parties for regular clients. She used this banana bread recipe often, making lovely little tea sandwiches with an orange cream cheese spread.


This is my grandma Ibby with my mom and my stepdad at their wedding, which my grandma catered.


There are the banana bread tea sandwiches with the dark crusts on the platter upper right. They made an appearance at a lot of weddings and bridal showers. This picture is from my mom and stepdad’s wedding reception. I take thee banana bread. Get it? Remember, I have a cold. My intellectual capacity is diminished.

Incidentally, my mom and stepdad were brought together by me. I found him. My sister owes her existence to me. She’ll read this so I just wanted to remind her.

He was the Mountain Manager at the ski area my mom worked at and would always say hi and stop to chat a moment with me when I was outside playing at the condominiums we all lived in. I took a shine to him; he was quite a catch. He was a widower 18 years older than my mom and I got three pretty great step-brothers in the deal. And my little sister of course but she came later. My dad passed away in 1995 and I miss him so much but I am so very thankful for all the years I got to spend with him.

My parents would have celebrated their 40th Anniversary this June.




Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.

Recently, I made my grandma’s banana bread tea sandwiches, just as she always did.






The china, linens and pink depression glass came from my other incredible grandmother, Eileen. The one who let me eat Froot Loops before bed. Remember? Grandmas are the best!

Grandma Ibby’s Banana Bread




  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Sift together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes). Add and incorporate the eggs (one at a time) and the vanilla.

Mix in the dry ingredients and then the bananas and chopped nuts.

Note: I don’t mix the nuts in but instead, sprinkle them over the top before baking. They look nice and are easy to pick off for anyone who doesn’t like them. Skip the nuts entirely if you are going to make the tea sandwiches as the bread slices up more cleanly.

Pour into a 9×5 loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.


Orange Cream Cheese Filling for Tea Sandwiches


  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • And just a little freshly grated nutmeg

Blend all ingredients together in a mixer and spread between banana bread slices.

Banana-Bread-Tea-SandwichesCut the crust off of both ends and then slice into four finger sandwiches by slicing in half and then slicing each half in half.


And then, it’s time for tea!


This recipe also makes wonderful muffins.


I sprinkle the nuts on top just like I do with the loaf option.

It will make 12 muffins and bakes for 20-25 minutes.



This is a treasured recipe and is something I will always associate with my grandma Ibby. Especially the tea sandwiches which were just so her.

It is moist and perfectly textured with just the right banana flavor. I have been cutting out the sugar and recently (this morning) baked the muffins with Truvia sugar substitute and they turned out great! Next, to try them with almond or coconut flour. I’ll let you know how that goes.


19 thoughts on “I Take Thee Banana Bread

  1. Debbie

    Now I know where you get your gift of hospitality from and your good baking too! Will you adopt me? Blessings to you, my friend.

  2. laurasmess

    This is such a gorgeous post Danielle! So beautifully meaningful. I love family recipes like this… it’s so much more than just the food itself; it’s the tradition, memories and love all wrapped up in one bite! Thanks for sharing your grandmother’s recipe with us. Love the idea of the orange cream cheese spread! My grandmother was a terrible cook, haha. Her cakes were like rocks. Though, in saying that, I did like her bread and butter pudding! Take care and I hope your cold clears soon! xx

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Thank you Laura, I appreciate you kind words so much. I love the family recipes too and preserving them – along with the stories (and photos) that go with them. My grandmother would love that her recipes are being shared for others to enjoy! I would love to see a post of your grandmother’s bread and butter pudding. It is so funny how even not so good cooks have a specialty! I am starting to feel better, thank you!

      1. laurasmess

        You are definitely right! She used normal white bread with a custard filling and sultanas. Occasionally some added marmalade. Glad that you’re feeling a bit better now! x

  3. gotasté

    Dani, these are such lovely photos and recipes. If it is from your grandma, it can only be delicious. That reminds me of my grandma who is also a great cook and an amazing woman. Unfortunately, I was too young when she was in her active years. Very sad that I didn’t get to learn much from her….

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Grandmas are very special. I lost both of mine when I was about 14 and I still miss them so much. I am so glad my kids have such wonderful relationships with their grandma’s too! I am sad too that you didn’t get to enjoy your grandmother or learn as much as you would have liked from her. Sometimes we just lose them way to soon. I can imagine how special you were to her!

  4. apuginthekitchen

    Yum, would love these on a dessert buffet! The photo’s are great, your Grandma is a beautiful lady, so is your Mom! My Grandma on my Mom’s side was a great cook too, I keep reminding my Mom to send me some of her recipes. The orange zest in the cream cheese filling is a great idea!

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      Thanks, Suzanne – beautiful ladies inside and out!! Get your hands on your grandma’s recipes and treasure them. I’ll be looking for them to show up on your blog! 🙂 My grandma was the queen of orange zest – one of her favorite baking ingredients.

  5. Keep Calm and Eat On

    Been sick with a cold all week and look what I missed! Absolutely lovely post! And that banana the sandwich…that recipe is priceless! I like the nuts on top just like yours. They get crispy and even more delicious. I have to make this on our next garden party!
    I must say, I love reading about your family and looking at your pictures. It is beautifully put together. Your children will treasure these for years to come.

    1. Welcome Company with Danielle Post author

      I hope you are feeling better. I have had a terrible cold as well and am still fighting to get over it and now Nathan is sick too. Blech. I need to get caught up with all of my favorite blogs and see what everyone has been up to! I hope you do make the tea sandwiches at your next garden party!! I love posting the family pictures and stories – I call my mom to double check the details of each post and my Aunt calls me the family historian and thanks me for each walk down memory lane. Thank you so much for always reading and for your lovely comments Debjani. The blogging friendships I am making are such an added blessing!

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