The Best Banana Bread
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (real butter - it matters!)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup banana, mashed
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts (Walnuts are best)
1/2 cup sour cream (in case you are wondering, this it the magic ingredient that makes banana bread so moist!)
Cream sugar and butter, add eggs one at a time, mix well after each addition. Add vanilla and stir in bananas. Mix well. Combine flour, salt, and soda and blend into banana mixture 1/2 cup at a time. Stir in nuts. Gently fold in sour cream. Pour mixture into 9x5x3 greased pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Cool in pan 20 minutes. Turn out on rack to cool further.
Freezes well, too!
Pairs Well With
How often do you buy bananas and they turn brown and spotty? Personally, I prefer my bananas almost yellow (maybe a hint of green on the stem). Once they start turning brown, the sugar changes and they get mushy and too sweet for my taste. I don't like wasting food either…let them get browner and use them for baking! If you don't use them right away, here's a hint, peel them and put about 3 or so into a ziplock and freeze. Defrost them when you want to bake. Plus, they can get squished and mashed in the bag;-)
Submitted by: "Lisa Daniels"