one of my favorites is easy to make and is from emeril's first book.....it's banana loaf: ingredients: 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted (3/4 cup), in all 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 ripe bananas, mashed 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons baking soda (don't need if using self-rising flour) 3 tablespoons buttermilk 1 cup toasted pecan pieces (put in oven on toast for 3 minutes to bring out the oils) 1. preheat oven to 350 degrees f. grease a standard loaf pan (8 x 4 x 3 inches deep) with 1 tablespoon of the butter. dust the pan with 1 tablespoon of the flour and tap out excess.....or just use pam. 2. in a bowl combine the bananas with the sugar and eggs until well blended. stir in the remaining 2 cups flour, baking soda, buttermilk and the remaining 11 tablespoons of butter. fold in the pecans and mix well. 3. pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for about 55 minutes. remove from oven and allow to cool for 2 hours. 4. to serve, slice and serve plain or with ice cream or with strawberry or blueberry sauce (heat some water and sugar over heat and add fruit....makes a great topping). on buttermilk....you can make your own for this small a portion.....combine 3 tablespoons whole milk with 1/2 teaspoon vinegar and leave mixture at room temperature for 1 hour.