Old Fashioned Banana Bread Recipe

While I can add a ton of exotic ingredients to a recipe--and swap ingredients in and out to make it healthier--sometimes, we just find ourselves getting back to an old favorite, basic recipe.  I make banana bread and banana muffins more often than most baked goods as I always seem to have an over-ripened banana or two in the fruit bowl.  While I do make a healthier banana bread sometimes...and even banana bread French toast--this old-fashioned banana bread recipe is the quickest, easiest of them all--and is one of our family's favorite quick breads.

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Ingredients for my Old-Fashioned Banana Bread
3/4 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Softened Butter or Margarine
2 Eggs
1 tsp.Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp. Milk
2 Medium Bananas, Mashed
2 c. All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Ground Cloves
1/8 tsp. Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp. Salt

Instructions for my Old-Fashioned Banana Bread Recipe 
Preheat oven and prepare loaf pan.  Prehead oven to 350F.  Lightly grease the bottom of a standard Loaf Pan.

Combine the sugar and the moist ingredients.  In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and well combined.  Beat in the bananas, egg, vanilla and milk until well blended.

Combine the dry ingredients.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and spices with a fork.  Stir well to ensure that the ingredients are well blended.

Mix the banana bread batter.  Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl of creamed ingredients.  Stir quickly and completely--but, until just combined.  Do not overmix the bread batter.

Pour immediately into prepared loaf pan and bake.  Bake the Old-Fashioned Banana Bread at 350 F (uncovered) for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool, Slice and Serve.  Cool in the pan for about 5-10 minutes.  Remove the bread from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.  Slice and store tightly wrapped in the refrigerator.   We prefer to eat the bread warm--so we re-heat it slightly before serving.

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