Get your ingredients together. Brown bananas work best... This is good as I don't like to eat them when they're too ripe.
Start with 1/2 cup of shortening in a large bowl. Use an extra tsp & grease your loaf tin at the same time. Bowl the kettle now too & save time later.
Add 1 cup of sugar to the shortening.
Cut the sugar into the shortening.
Blend sugar & shortening together by hand until crumbly.
Add 1 1/2 cups of flour.
Blend by hand (I use a knife) until mixture is crumbly.
Add 1/2 tsp of nutmeg and mix it in. (Note: at this point you may also add nuts or chocolate chips if you like!)
In a separate bowl or measuring cup mash up the bananas.
Mix in 1 tsp vanilla.
Add 1 egg.
Mix all wet ingredients.
Pour banana mixture into dry ingredients.
Mix banana mixture into dry ingredients until everything is wet.
Add a 1/4 cup boiling water to 1 tsp baking soda to dissolve.
Pour soda and water in & mix well to loosen up batter
Pour batter into the greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour. (May require an extra 10 minutes depending on the oven.)
Let it cool then just tip it out of the loaf pan. Yum!