Banana Pecan Squares

bullet2 eggs, separated
bullet2/3 cup shortening
bullet1  1/2 cups sugar
bullet1 cup mashed RIPE bananas (2 to 3 medium) -- the riper, the stronger the flavor!!
bullet1  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
bullet1 tsp. baking soda
bullet1 tsp. vineger
bullet~ 1/4 milk
bullet1/2 tsp. vanilla
bullet1/2 to 3/4 cup pecan pieces (walnuts are good too)
bulletIn a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar.
bulletBeat in egg YOLKS and mix well.
bulletAdd bananas and mix.
bulletPut the vinegar into a measuring cup and add enough milk until you have 1/4 cup.
bulletCombine flour and baking soda and add alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
bulletAdd vanilla and mix well.
bulletIn a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
bulletFold in the egg whites.
bulletFold in nuts.
bulletPour into a greased 13 in. by 9 in. baking pan.
bulletBake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
bulletCool on a wire rack.  Cut into squares.
bulletIf desired, garnish with whipped cream and a few banana slices.  (They're good plain, too!)
bulletYield:  12-16 squares
bulletThese freeze well.  Sometimes I'll make two batches and freeze one batch after cutting them into squares.  My husband likes taking them to work for a snack.

From The Kitchen Of:  Shelley Totter  ~ Church of Christ, Frisco, TX

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