Friday, November 16, 2012
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas i tub cream cheese 1/2 teaspoon ground vanilla bean 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans or chocolate chips 1 teaspoon of amaretto Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined. Add bananas, cream cheese, amaretto and vanilla; mix to combine. Stir in nuts, and pour into prepared pan. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.