1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (3 medium, but 1 more never hurts a thing)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
*optional 1 cup chopped nuts, raisins or other dried fruit
Peel the bananas, and fork mash, or, if you're lazy like me stick them in the bowl of the stand mixer and place it on "stir."
Add in the butter, and the sugar and cream all together until smooth.
Mix in the buttermilk, vanilla, flour, baking soda and salt, in that order, and mix on low until all ingredients are moistened and incorporated. Stir in nuts or dried fruit by hand.
Divide into two standard loaf pans, or turn into one greased and floured baking pan and bake at 350° for an hour. Bread is done when a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan.
For extreme wonderful good good goodie goodness, slather a fresh from the oven warm chunk of this with Nutella®. Nummmers.
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