Banana Bread

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
5 1/3 Tbs unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (About 2 bananas)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

An unusual mixing method produces a tender cakey loaf with excellent banana flavor. Have all ingredients at room temperature. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease an 8 ½ by 4 ½ inch loaf pan.

Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. In a large bowl, beat on high speed until lightened in color and texture the butter and sugar. Beat in the flour mixture until blended and the consistency of brown sugar. Gradually beat in the eggs. Fold in till just combined the bananas and nuts.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 - 60 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes before unmolding to cool completely on the rack.

***COMMENT: Amy called me one time ranting and raving about this banana bread recipe she'd found. The first thing through my mind was oh...another recipe for banana bread...I already have one of those. I figured I would give it a try. It is really much better than the one I originally had. They are not lying in the 1st sentence of the instructions. Many banana cake recipes are really heavy and kinda solid...this one is much better! SO...a big thanks to Amy for this recipe...I'll keep it forever!

Source: Amy T (my Twin Sister)

Story: So, in 2013, I had a banana bread life-changing experience. Here in Boise we have a breakfast cafe called the Egg Factory. Well, on their menu, you can order banana bread French toast. I don't remember exactly what they called it...But instead of using a yeast bread to dip in egg and fry, they use banana bread slices. Then they slather it in this caramel, brown sugar syrup.  WOWEE! I made it at home once, and even without using their special syrup it was fantastic (life changing  actually) So, naturally, I had to tell you about it here...at the bottom of the banana bread recipe.  :)

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