Thursday, March 29, 2012

Buttermilk Banana Bread


*Makes 1 large loaf

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (I use about 3 average sized bananas)
4 tablespoons buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
Grease and flour 1 large loaf pan (9 1/4 X 5 1/4-inch) or whatever combination of pans you'd like (several commenters have said this recipe works great made into muffins or smaller loaf pans).
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, bananas, buttermilk and vanilla until the batter is well mixed. Add in the flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Mix until well combined. Divide batter into greased and floured bread pans and bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Maria's notes: With this recipe I have finally convinced all of my children that they really do like banana bread! I use three of the 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 inch bread pans. The loaves are smaller, but that way they always get done in the middle. I bake them for 35-40 minutes. My children love a few chocolate chips sprinkled on top. This bread is a nice light color --very pretty. We love it.

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