Banana Nut Bread

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into dice (I reduced amounts to ? stick)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 or 9-inch rectangular loaf pan.

Using a mixer or food processor, cream butter and sugar until light yellow in color and kind of fluffy. Add egg and lemon juice and mix until combined. Incorporate vanilla, if using.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Fold wet ingredients into dry, using a rubber spatula. Don?t worry if it looks dry, and don?t overmix it in fear. Mash bananas in a separate bowl, and fold into batter, until well integrated. Add nuts, if using.

Pour batter into pan and bake until a skewer inserted in middle of loaf comes out almost clean, about 60 minutes. Bread will get golden brown on top.

Allow to cool in pan for at least 15 minutes, then run a knife along perimeter of pan and invert so that loaf can cool on a rack. Allow to cool for at least an hour until slicing.

from Craig Claiborne.