The Simplest 1 Loaf Banana Bread with Variations

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The Simplest 1 Loaf Banana Bread with Variations
Serves 6
Using RIPE Bananas is SO important! Not only is it a flavor thing but even more importantly, the acid that develops in riper bananas is needed to create the leavening when it reacts to the baking soda.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups All Purpose Flour, sifted
  2. 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  3. 1⁄4 tsp. Salt
  4. 1⁄2 Cup Salted Butter, softenend
  5. 3⁄4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  6. 2 Extra Large Eggs, beaten
  7. 2 1⁄3 Cups Bananas, VERY Ripe and mashed
- Optional
  1. 2⁄3 Cup Walnut Pieces
  2. 1⁄2 Cup Raisins
  3. 1⁄4 Cup Sun-Dried Cherries or Cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease or spray a 9" x 4" loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.
  4. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.
  5. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten.
  6. Carefully stir in any additional garnish.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and leave in the loaf pan for about 15 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool to room temperature.
  10. You can store this bread, wrapped in foil or plastic wrap, in your refrigerator for a week.
Notes
  1. Makes one 9" x 4" loaf.
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