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rachel zoe: entertaining her way

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rachel zoe: entertaining her way

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Rachel Zoe’s liberal use of the word “bananas” was one of the more memorable elements of the celeb stylist-turned-designer’s show,

The RachelZoe Project

, that made her a household name during its five-season run on Bravo.

Now, Zoe is all about bananas again, as she teams up with her husband and business partner, Rodger Berman, to walk viewers through a custom banana bread recipe that she has refined over the years while entertaining at their home.

“One of the things that people started to just freak out from was this banana bread,” Zoe says. “And it was a banana bread that kind of was borne out of my love for the people I bake for.”

Says Zoe: “Baking and cooking is one of the ways that I show my love for people. There’s something about entertaining in your home that feels so special."

Check out the full recipe below:
Ingredients:
1/2 cup shortening, plus more for pan
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (3 medium, over ripe)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, peanuts or pecans (optional)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Use shortening to grease only the bottom of a 9″ x 5″ x 3″ loaf pan.

2. Beat 1/2 cup of shortening and the sugar in a large bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in eggs and bananas until smooth. Beat in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt just until mixed. Stir in chips and nuts(optional). Pour into loaf pan.

3. Bake for 1 hour or 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely for 1 hour.

To dress up your banana bread even more, add a crumb topping during the last 30 minutes of baking time! Ingredients for the crumble topping are below:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup softened butter

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