2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 scant cup mashed, ripe bananas
2 Tablespoons orange marmalade OR apricot preserves
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup vegetable oil OR melted butter
1 cup finely grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Generously butter a 9×5 loaf pan.
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Set aside. In another bowl, combine bananas, marmalade, brown sugar, eggs, and oil. Mix wet and dry ingredients together and stir just until everything is evenly moistened. Fold in carrots and optional nuts. Spread batter evenly into prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out with only a few moist crumbs on it.
Cool loaf for 15 minutes in the pan. Loosen edges witha sharp knife and gently unmold onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before sprinkling with powdered sugar and slicing.