Julia’s Banana Nut Bread

This is an old favorite of mine that always goes over well and can be made fairly quickly into a loaf OR muffins. 

1 1/4 cups AP flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of Nutmeg
Pinch of Ginger
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork or whipped in a mixer. ( If you like it EXTRA Banana”y” then add another one)
1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces
1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)
Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl and set aside. Whisk eggs, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla together and set aside. Spray a loaf pan or lined muffin tin and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together ( use the paddle attachment for best results) You want the texture to be light and airy.  Slowly pour the egg mixture into the butter and mix on low speed.  Add the bananas ( don’t worry if the mixture looks a little funky and lumpy- that’s normal)  Next add the dry ingredients 1/2 cup at a time.  Then mix in the nuts and optional raisins and pour the batter into the desired pan.  Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes. Cool the bread in the pan on a rack and serve! 
 I like to add a touch of nutella on cheat days to add another texture and dynamic to my bread!

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