Nutcracker Museum

Bavarian Leavenworth, Washington

Recipes from The Nutcracker Lady


This recipe is the best recipe for Banana Bread that we have used. It came from the late Nancy Kelly who worked many hours in projects that enhanced Leavenworth's Bavarian Theme. She and her husband Bob directed Leavenworth's Oktoberfest for many years.

5 large ripe bananas
4 eggs, well beaten
1 c. shortening
2 c. sugar
3 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)

Beat bananas to a paste. Add eggs. In separate bowl cream shortening and sugar, and beat until fluffy. Add bananas. In separate bowl combine flour, soda and salt and blend into banana mixture. Stir in walnuts. Bake in 2 well greased loaf pans at 300º for 1 1/4 hours or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.

3/4 c. dried cranberries and 3/4 c. flaked coconut can be added to this recipe for variety.

Added 8/29/15

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A Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization


Contact Us

735 Front Street
P.O. Box 2212
Leavenworth, WA 98826

(509) 548-4573

Open 7 Days a Week
1:00PM - 5:00PM

Nutcracker Museum Mission Statement:

"To foster and encourage the interest of the general public of the importance of nuts in the diets of humans throughout history and in the evolution of the nutcracker. No other tool or collectible has shown such a wide diversity of material and design as the implements used to crack the hard shell of a nut"

Museum Admission:

Adults  - $5.00  (Ages 17 - 64yrs)
Seniors - $3.50  (Age 65yrs +)
Youth   - $2.00  (Ages 6 - 16yrs)
Child    - FREE   (Ages 0 - 5yrs)
Active Military - FREE (Spouse & Children Free with ID)