Gram's Banana Bread

Course : Breads
Serves: 2 small loaves
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2 Cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup butter or margarine (1 stick)
1 Cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 Teaspoon powdered allspice
1/2 Teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1/2 Cup buttermilk
2 Large very ripe bananas mashed (a bit over ripe)
---Optional additions (especially good for muffins)
1/2 Cup chopped nuts
1/2 Cup raisins
1/2 Cup chocolate chips
1/2 Cup granola

Preparation / Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour 2 small (4 x 7 inch) loaf pans, or line muffin tins. Combine flour, soda and salt, sift into medium bowl. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and spices, beat well. Blend in buttermilk, then alternate adding bananas and flour mixture until batter is smooth and well mixed. Spoon into pans and bake on center rack in preheated oven until done, about 50 minutes for bread, 25 minutes for standard muffins and 20 minutes for mini-muffins. Let cool in pans for a few minutes, turn out onto wire racks, dust loaves with powdered sugar when cool.

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