This moist banana bread is a family recipe, tweaked through generations, delicious with and without chopped walnuts. The key is two-stage cooking and the riper the bananas, the better the bread.
Combine dry ingredients
In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients - flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.Flour is two tablespoons less than two cups. Keep these two tablespoons aside for the loaf pan.
Add butter and eggs
Add the melted butter and then the eggs one at a time, beating after adding each ingredient.
Add remaining ingredients
Mash the bananas and add to mixture, then add vanilla and beat well.
Fold in nuts or other mix-ins, if desired.
Prepare pan and add mixture
Grease and flour the loaf pan.
Pour entire mixture into the pan.
Put in preheated oven
Bake at 325°F for 30 minutes.
Reduce oVen Temperature
Leave loaf in the oven, but reduce oven temperature to 300°F. Continue baking for an additional 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.