Recipe: Banana Bread

1 Jul

I am NOT a banana person.  I don’t like the texture.  I don’t really like banana flavored things either.  But, I absolutely DO love banana bread!  I have tried a lot of recipes over the years, but this is one that I have tweaked over the years and my family loves it!  It makes two loaves and I make one loaf with nuts and one without.  I also chunk or pinch off my bananas instead of mashing them.  You can do it either way.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Banana Bread

3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups banana (about 4 medium), chunked or mashed
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups walnuts, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray two loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.  Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add bananas and vanilla, beat well.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients mixing until just combined.  Do not over mix.  Fold in one cup nuts.  Divide batter between the two pans.  Sprinkle the rest of the nuts on top.  Bake 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Remove from oven to a wire rack and cool about 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from pan and cool completely.

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5 Responses to “Recipe: Banana Bread”

  1. Carbohydrate Diet July 20, 2010 at 1:29 PM #

    Love banana bread, thanks for a new recipe to try out this week with last weeks bananas.

  2. wacki04 September 23, 2010 at 1:15 AM #

    Thanks for stopping by What's Cooking Wednesday!!! Loved the recipe too 🙂 Hope to see you next week!!!

  3. LambAround October 2, 2010 at 8:22 PM #

    This is a pretty snazzy post! I left you a little something special on my blog :)http://lambaround.blogspot.com

  4. Hanna October 18, 2010 at 2:16 AM #

    Hi there! I am your newest follower!!! I found you on the Sunday linky!! I love finding new blogs and your is lovely:) You can find me at http://www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

  5. Traci October 24, 2010 at 9:50 PM #

    Visiting from Lamb Around…I don't like bananas either, but I love some good banana bread. I am definitely going to try your recipe!

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