CLASSIC BANANA BREAD RECIPE

Ingredients
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3 medium-large (4 if small), overripe bananas (mashed)
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. Vanilla extract
¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or nuts + 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour OPTIONAL


Instructions
Preheat oven to 350o F
Grease and lightly flour a loaf pan
In a large bowl, cream together softened butter and sugar (approx. 2 minutes)
Add beaten eggs and mashed bananas, beat well
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet mixture. Mix until well combined.
Add vanilla and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
*OPTIONAL: Toss chocolate chips or nuts in 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour and fold into batter.
Pour batter into greased loaf pan *NOTE: This recipe makes a lot of batter for 1 large loaf. If you wish, you can divide it up to create smaller loaves!
Bake at 350o for 55-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean


*NOTE: The bake time for this bread may vary. Mine usually take about 60 minutes!
*NOTE: The outer edges of the bread tend to darken before the center of the bread is fully baked. Don’t worry, your bread is NOT burnt. It is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes.
Remove bread from loaf pan and enjoy!
Store covered at room temperature for 3-4 days.