Mother's Day on StarChefs
Mother's Day on StarChefs
Recipes Inspired by the Mothers of Celebrity Chefs and Cookbook Authors

Banana Nut Bread
By Chef Michael Smith (more info)

StarChef Michael Smith pays this tribute to his mother with a Banana Nut Bread recipe:

"My mother's banana bread was always a welcome sight on the kitchen counter. I loved it best when she served it warm and just out of the oven. To this day, we use her recipes for dessert items on the menu."

  • 1 and one-half cups granulated sugar
  • One-half cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, beaten till they are ribbon-like
  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • One-half cup pecans, lightly toasted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1). Combine granulated sugar and butter in a mixing bowl. Beat till fluffy with a paddle attachment.

2). Add eggs and beat till ribbon. Sift together flour and baking soda.

3). Alternately add flour/soda and buttermilk. Add bananas. Add vanilla.

4). Dredge nuts in flour and add.

5). Pour into a buttered quick bread mold. Bake at 375 degrees till a toothpick comes out clean.

Debbie Gold and Michael Smith joined The American Restaurant as Executive Chefs in 1994. They are known for creating an energy in the dining room and everyone knows how passionate they are about food. The American Restaurant is located at 200 East 25th Street, Suite 490 at Grand, Kansas City, Missouri, (816) 426-1133. This talented husband and wife team have been honored by many culinary guides and publications including: The James Beard Foundation, Wine Spectator, 4-Star Mobile and AAA 4-Diamond ratings.

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