Signature Dish of Margaret Suran

Buttermilk Banana Bread

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter -- soft at room temp
1 cup granulated sugar -- or less by taste
2 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract -- Do NOT use artificial flavor
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 teaspoon banana extract
grated orange rind from one orange
4 or 5 large very ripe bananas mashed
1/4 cup buttermilk, you may use sweet milk with a few drops of lemon juice to curdle it
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
1 cup chocolate chips, optional

Combine flour, soda, and salt. set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs, extracts, and orange peel. Mix well, about a minute with electric beater, two to three minutes if beaten with wooden spon. Stir in bananas and buttermilk. Add flour mixture and mix just until well combined. Add the nuts, raisins and chocolate chips.

Fill two prepared, greased 6x3x2-inch (15x8x5-cm) loaf pans. They will be a little more than half full. Bake in preheated 350F (180C) oven for about one hour. Test for doneness with wooden toothpick or by touch. When done, the toothpick, when inserted in the middle of the loaf should come out dry and the bread, when lighly pressed, should spring back.

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