Banana Bread

When I was little and the bananas would start to get little black spots on them, no one would eat them.  My dad nicknamed it the speckled death.  So my mom would use them to make banana bread.  I LOVE the way baking banana bread makes my house smell!  It is a classic recipe with my own little trick thrown in to make it extra good.


Banana Bread

5 Tbl unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar, plus 4 Tbl for crust
2 eggs, beaten
4 really ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F
Spray two loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray
Place 1 Tbl of sugar in the bottom of each pan and cover bottom and sides
In a large bowl beat butter and sugar together
Mix in eggs, bananas, and vanilla
Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
Divide batter equally between both loaf pans
Sprinkle each of the tops of batter with 1 Tbl sugar
Place in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean


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