Favorite Banana Nut Bread

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This old-time favorite is a family favorite.  If you're like me you've tried a few banana bread recipes, but once I made this one I have tried no more.  This is a tried and true recipe that you will come back to again and again.  The secret... cream cheese!

Favorite Banana Nut Bread

1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup chopped walnuts

Beat cream cheese, sugar and butter.  Add bananas and eggs; mix well.
Add combined dry ingredients; mix until moistened.  Stir in walnuts.
Pour into greased and floured 9x5 inch loaf pan.
Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes (check with toothpick).
Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan and enjoy!

Tip:  This makes a really big loaf, which is good if making one.  However, if you have extra bananas, I usually double the recipe and put it in 3 loaf pans.

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